Lieutenant General Hawkins was responsible for sending MacGyver on a mission to Burma to retrieve a canister of deadly toxin from a US aircraft which had crashed into the Burmese jungle.
Hawkins is a highly decorated officer who has served a long and distinguished service in the US Air Force. His military badges and ribbons indicate that he is a Master pilot who has served in Vietnam, is an expert small arms marksman and has received a Purple Heart award indicating he has been wounded in battle. He has also received a Distinguished Flying Cross and Silver Star medals.
Note: The bottom left hand ribbon appears to be a U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Protection of the New Republic medal which may indicate that he started his career as a Coast Guard pilot before transfering to Air Force. The Coast Guard pilots receive training from the 314th Airlift Wing of the U.S. Air Force, so he may have gotten a taste of the Air Force during that training and transferred.
Awards and Medals worn by Hawkins:
Master Pilot Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross | Silver Star | Air Medal
Joint Service Commendation | Air Force Commendation Medal | Purple Heart
Presidential unit citation | Air Force Outstanding Unit Award | National Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal | Vietnam Service Medal | Air Force Overseas Short Service
A.F. Longevity Service Award | A.F. Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon | Republic of Vietnam Presidential Unit Citation
U.S.C.G. Maritime Protection of the New Republic: | United Nations Medal | Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
The Golden Triangle
United States Air Force