Lieutenant Colonel Scott D Hawks
Lieutenant Colonel Scott D Hawks entered military service in 1992 at the age of 17 as an enlisted Infantry Soldier in the Army Reserve, transferring to the Minnesota National Guard in 1994. In June of 2000 He was selected as one of the original 22 members of the 55th CST as an E5 Survey Team member and later commissioned as a CBRN officer in 2004 with the 54th Civil Support Team in the Wisconsin National Guard. In 2008 he made his way back to the Minnesota National Guard serving twice more with the 55th CST as Survey Team Leader and Deputy Commander. During his career he has also served as the Officer-in-Charge / Deputy Commander of the 55th CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP), 434th Chemical Company Commander, Deputy State Public Affairs Officer, 34th Infantry Division CBRN Officer, and 175th Regional Training Institute Officer Candidate School company Commander. Prior to taking command of the 55th Civil Support Team LTC Hawks was assigned as the Minnesota National Guard State Public Affairs officer during an unprecedented historic period in National Guard history.
LTC Hawks earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the Hamline University in 1998, and his Master of Science degree in Administration-Leadership in 2021 from Central Michigan University. His military education includes Chemical Officer’s Basic Course, and Captains Career Course, Intermediate Level Education Common Core and Advanced Operations Course, Air Assault, Technical Escort, Public affairs Qualification Course, Civil Support Skills Course (equivalent), and Civil Support Team Pre-Command Course. LTC Hawks is a certified Minnesota Emergency Manager, and has also served 10 years as a firefighter for the Excelsior Fire District, currently in the rank of Captain.
LTC Hawks’ awards and decorations include: Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), the Army Commendation Medal (5th Award), The Air Force Commendation Medal (2nd Award), The Army Achievement Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal (2nd award), Minnesota Medal for Merit, Michigan Life saving Medal, and numerous other awards and decorations.