2013 Baytown Muster Speaker
Colonel (Retired) Sam Hawes ‘81
Colonel Hawes received his undergraduate degree in Business Management from Texas A&M University in 1981. While at Texas A&M, COL Hawes was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He achieved the rank of Cadet Major, commanded Company A-1 as a senior cadet, and was a member of the Ross Volunteer Honor Company. As an ROTC cadet he completed U.S Army Airborne and Ranger School, received the Marshall Award as the most outstanding Senior Army ROTC cadet, and was recognized as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Upon graduation from Texas A&M in 1981, he was commissioned as an Infantry Second Lieutenant. He served 28 years in the Army in many of the Army’s most storied units including command of the Second Battalion, Twenty Eighth Infantry Regiment. He served his final three years at Texas A&M as the Professor of Military Science and retired from the Army in 2009.
Colonel Hawes is now the Assistant Commandant for Recruiting with the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets where he has helped to grow the Corps to over 2300 cadets, the largest Corps in 30 year. He also serves as a Class Agent for the Texas A&M Class of 1981. He has been married to Linda for over 26 years and their daughter is serving as a First Lieutenant Army Nurse at Fort Lewis, Washington.