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Executive Officer, Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN 
United States Navy

     Commander Amanda Hawkins graduated with a degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 1998 and was commissioned through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. She holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland, University College.

She earned her designation as a Naval Flight Officer and reported to Patrol Squadron 47 in Hawaii in 2000 for her first operational tour where she completed multiple deployments to FIFTH and SEVENTH Fleet. At sea she served as the Assistant Navigator on the USS George Washington (CVN-73) and deployed to FOURTH Fleet. Her most recent operational tour was her department head tour in Patrol Squadron 45 where she deployed to SIXTH Fleet.           

Ashore, CDR Hawkins served in the Weapons and Tactics Unit at Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 2 and later at Patrol Squadron 30 where she helped to establish the Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Weapons School as the Assistant Officer in Charge.

Staff tours include duty in the J8 and J6 on the Joint Staff and flag officer detailing for the Chief of Naval Operations staff.