Enshrined November 15, 2008
Born February 1, 1955 in Gary, Indiana, Joe Hawkins was introduced to aviation by his grandfather, a World War II Navy pilot. A U.S. Army veteran, Hawkins served as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter Flight Engineer with the 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort Campbell, KY. He earned awards for Meritorious Service , Army Air Crewman Wings, the Army Good Conduct Medal and Army Commendation Medal. Hawkins began his civilian career in aviation at Stevens Aviation in Greer, SC where he was responsible for the inspection and repair of general aviation/corporate class helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and moved to the new Stevens Aviation Beechcraft/Raytheon corporate aviation service center at Nashville in 1981. In 1991, Joe was named the Chief Aviation Maintenance Technician for the State of Tennessee’s Dept. of Transportation, responsible for the safety and airworthiness of a state owned fleet of piston and turbine engine aircraft. Hawkins earned a BS degree in Aviation Maintenance Management from MTSU in 1999 and in 2003, a Masters of Education in Aerospace. In 2005, Joseph C. Hawkins was chosen Tennessee’s Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year followed by selection as the FAA’s Southeast Region AMT of the Year. He then made aviation history in Tennessee in 2006, when he became the first Tennessean to earn the coveted National Aviation Maintenance Technician of the Year award. He has received numerous awards and recognition as an aviation maintenance professional and serves on many influential industry committees and counsels. His most significant contribution to aviation will likely be as an Educator influencing young lives and careers as a Professor of Aerospace at his Alma Mater.
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