Bastrop native receives prestigious White House Fellows award

The Board of Directors of the White House Fellows Foundation and Association is pleased to announce that it will present the 2017 IMPACT Award to Brigadier General Stacey T. Hawkins (2007-08). The IMPACT Award recognizes recent White House Fellows who have demonstrated remarkable achievement and transformational contributions in their field, as well as sustained commitment to the White House Fellows program. Stacey Hawkins exemplifies these criteria in every way.

During his fellowship year, as Director of the National Guaranty Purchase Center at the Small Business Administration, he led 150 personnel, managed a $1.5B financial portfolio, and serviced 5,000+ lending institutions. The SBA Administrator described Stacey Hawkins’ leadership as a key factor in restoring the agency’s brand, and rebuilding trust among national lending institutions.

After his 2007-08 Fellowship year, Stacey served as Special Assistant to Vice President Cheney and Vice President Biden for Defense Policy and Intelligence Programs, where he advised the Vice President on all DoD matters, and acted as the primary Office of the Vice President (OVP) liaison to the National Security Council and the interagency. During the transition to the Obama administration, only one OVP policy advisor was retained – Stacey Hawkins. He was the linchpin to the Presidential transition in OVP providing continuity on key national security issues facing the new Administration. Following his tour in the White House Stacey was then chosen for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Fellowship.

Brigadier General Hawkins then returned to his primary career field in the Air Force, commanding the 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Group in Southwest Asia, the most diverse of its kind in the Air Force with 10 separate weapons systems and 96 aircraft worth over $7B. Since 2012, he has served as Vice Commander of the Air Force’s largest Air Logistics Complex in Oklahoma City, Installation Commander of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, and Director of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection for the USAF Air Mobility Command.

In August of 2017, Brigadier General Hawkins took command of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex in Utah, where he leads the 8,500 men and women who provide logistics, support, maintenance and distribution for the nation's premier fighter aircraft such as the F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, F-16 Viper, A-10 Warthog, and the Minuteman III Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles.

Stacey Hawkins’ is an active ambassador to local communities, he is an accomplished church musician, highly sought-after speaker, and champion of causes ranging from veterans outreach, to youth mentoring and support to military families. He is the total embodiment of servant leadership to the Nation, to the Fellowship alumni, his local community, church, and his beloved family. Stacey Hawkins exemplifies everything John Gardner sought to inspire through the White House Fellows Program and we are extremely proud to select him for this award.

The IMPACT Award will be presented to Brigadier General Hawkins during the White House Fellows Annual Leadership Conference in Washington D.C., October 26-28, 2017.