Kathleen Hawk, ND 84 Selected as 2018 Skelton Award Winner

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The Truman Foundation presented the 2018 Skelton Award to Captain Kathleen Hawk, ND '84 in a ceremony in Washington, DC, during the opening week of Summer Institute.

Captain Kathleen Hawk currently serves on active duty as the Pacific Command (PACOM) Branch Chief, Geographic Combatant Command Intelligence Support; Director for Defense Intelligence, Warfighter Support; Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (OUSDI).  Hawk received a Direct Commission as a Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer in 1991, and moved through a variety of analytical and leadership roles in the Navy Reserve.  She has been mobilized twice in support of Overseas Contingency Operations and commanded three Navy Reserve units.  She currently maintains her Reserve role as the Commander of Naval Information Forces Reserve Region Southwest where she oversees 22 reserve units comprising 1,300 people. 

In the civilian world, CAPT Hawk is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) where she teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. national security policy, and assorted regional studies courses.   She previously served as the Director of Global Understanding for UAH and as Chair of the Political Science Department.  She has served as the Faculty Representative for the Truman Scholarship since 1998. 

Prior to earning her Ph.D., Hawk was a Foreign Service Officer and worked at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt.  She also held positions working under contract to the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization and the Department of the Air Force, and served as Press Secretary to then-Congressman Byron Dorgan. For many years, Hawk was a member of the Truman Finalist Selection Committee. 

The Skelton Award was inaugurated in 2015 to honor Congressman Ike Skelton. It recognizes a Truman Scholar who is a current or former member of the armed forces and has made significant contributions to public service and the Truman community. Congressman Skelton, who died in 2013, represented Missouri’s 4th congressional district for 34 years, from 1977 to 2011. He was a member of the Truman Foundation’s Board of Trustees for most of that time, making him the longest serving member of our Board. Congressman Skelton was a long-serving member of the House Armed Services Committee, and he was its Chairman from 2007-2011.