Commander [SEAL] Tom Hawkins, USN, [Ret.]
Commander Tom Hawkins retired from the U.S. Navy after 24-years active service as a career SEAL and Naval Special Warfare officer. Born and raised in Philippi, West Virginia, he entered the Navy in February 1966, and was commissioned the following May. He completed Underwater Demolition Team Replacement training with Class 38 in Little Creek, Virginia and subsequently completed operational tours in UDT-21, UDT-22, and SEAL Team TWO, where he deployed to the Republic of Vietnam as a Platoon Commander. He served in a number of other significant assignments including Assistant for Special Units at the Naval Sea Systems Command; Project Engineer at the Navy Experimental Diving Unit, Washington, DC; Executive Officer, UDT-21; and, Operational Test Director at the Navy’s Operational Test and Evaluation Force. He commanded UDT-22 for 33 months during the period of its reorganization and establishment as SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team TWO. After assignment as Chief Staff Officer, Naval special Warfare Group TWO he served at the NSW Directorate (OP-31) on the Navy Staff in the Pentagon, and at the time of his Navy retirement was Director, NSW Programs at the Naval Sea Systems Command, where he served as the NSW Acquisition Program Manager. His military decorations included the Bronze Star and Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V” and the Combat Action Ribbon. He received multiple personal awards of the Meritorious Service and Navy Achievement Medals. After leaving the Navy Mr. Hawkins served in various positions related to Naval Special Warfare. He recently completed a five-year assignment as staff Requirements Analyst and Science and Technical Advisor to Commander, Naval Special Warfare Group FOUR, and is currently serving in the Combat Development Directorate at the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. From 1995 to 2005 Tom Hawkins served for as President of the UDT-SEAL Association—the national fraternal organization of U.S. Navy Frogmen and SEALs.
During the same period he served in voluntary positions as President of the UDT-SEAL Memorial Park Association, on the Board of Directors at the UDT-SEAL Museum; and in the year 2000 was founding President and Chairman of the Naval Special Warfare Foundation, where he continues to serve as Director, History and Heritage. Since 1994, he has served as editor and publisher of the UDT-SEAL Association and NSW Foundation’s quarterly publication, The BLAST, “The Journal of Naval Special Warfare.” Tom and his wife Carol reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia and will soon relocate to their home in West Virginia.