Col. John W. Hankins

Colonel Hankins, a Wardell, Missouri native, enlisted in the Army on Jan. 25, 1994 through Basic Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and was commissioned an Adjutant General Corps Second Lieutenant through the Army Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, Georgia on May 30, 1996.  His assignments include Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Germany; Alexandria, Virginia; Fort Stewart, Georgia; and the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

 Colonel Hankins’ previous assignments include Secretary, Joint Staff, The Joint Staff, Pentagon; Chief, J-1 Military Personnel Branch, The Joint Staff, Pentagon; Military Personnel Policy Officer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Military Personnel and Quality of Life, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Pentagon; Chief, Human Resource Operations, Coalition Joint Task Force-3/U.S. Forces-Afghanistan; Division G-1, 3rd Infantry Division; Executive Officer to the FORSCOM G1, United States Army Forces Command; Battalion Executive and Operations Officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, Coalition Task Force-82 (Afghanistan) and 82nd Airborne Division; Deputy G1, Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division; Adjutant General Corps Majors and Lieutenant Colonels Assignment Officer, Army Human Resources Command; Brigade S1, Task Force 4-82 (Afghanistan) and 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd  Airborne Division; Chief, G1 Enlisted Strength Management, Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division; Chief, Army Compartmented Element, G1 Sensitive Activities Cell, Headquarters, United States Army Special Operations Command; Deputy G1, Headquarters, 82nd Airborne Division; Deputy C1, Coalition Task Force-82 (Afghanistan); Commander, Alpha Company, 82nd Soldier Support Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division; Brigade S1, 69th Air defense Artillery Brigade; Executive Officer, Alpha Company, 38th Personnel Services Battalion; and Assistant to the Secretary General Staff, Headquarters, United States Army Special Operations Command.

 His military education and schools include Senior Service College at National Defense University – Eisenhower School, where he received a Master of Science in National Defense Strategy, United States Army Command and General Staff College, Adjutant General Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Adjutant General Officer Basic Course, Airborne School, and Jumpmaster School.  His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with minors in Coaching and Business from Southeast Missouri State University, 1993, and a Master of Science in Human Resources Administration from Central Michigan University, 2008.

Colonel Hankins' military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 3 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (with Bronze Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon (with Numeral 3), North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal (with Bronze Star), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Army Meritorious Unit Commendation (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Superior Unit Citation, Combat Action Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge.

Colonel Hankins is married and has two children.