Karen Hawkins, MA, RDN
Karen Hawkins is a registered dietitian in the Office of Military Family Readiness Policy, Military Community and Family Policy. In this position, she led the Healthy Base Initiative Food Team and the DOD Food and Nutrition Subcommittee for three years. She currently co-chairs the Military Nutrition Environment Working Group addressing the food environment in the DOD community. Ms. Hawkins worked as the first corporate level dietitian with the Defense Commissary Agency. She also worked in state and community level public health in Virginia. She is a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Army Reserve with 12 years on active duty. She completed her B.S. in Home Economics/Dietetics at Georgia Southern University, a dietetic internship at Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, TX and an M.A. in education and human development from George Washington University. She has also completed classes towards a Doctorate in Health Education through A.T. Still University, MO.