MSgt Everett Hopkins is the Air Force Reserve Recruiter for the 351st Recruiting Squadron, 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston- Charleston, South Carolina. He is responsible for filling Air Force Reserve manpower requirements by accessing the needs of those in the community in which he serves and providing highly qualified applicants for enlistment. MSgt Hopkins prepares applicants for enlistment with required academic testing, physical examinations, and case-file documentation preparation. He assists all Development and Training Flight (D&TF) members by providing mentoring and training before departure for Basic Military Training (BMT) in coordination with the D&TF Flight Coordinator.
MSgt Hopkins entered into Active Duty with the U.S. Army in August 2002 and arrived to his first duty station at Fort Hood Army base, Killeen Texas in September 2003. He was assigned to 1st and 21st Field Artillery Battalion Headquarters Headquarters Services Battery where he performed duties as a Fire Support Specialist in the Brigades Fire Support Element responsible for the accurate and timely indirect fires of Artillery and other kinetic strike assets. In March 2004, MSgt Hopkins was deployed to Iraq for combat operations under the task organization of the 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom II (OIF). Assigned at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Falcon in a portion of the Al-Rasheed district in southern Baghdad from March 2004 – June 2005. During that time he worked in the Tactical Operations Center which oversaw the task forces' daily patrols, ambushes, raids, convoy escorts, target acquisition, and counter-battery cannon fires. He contributed to the first-ever free elections held in Iraq in January 2005. He later deployed a second time in October 2006 in support of OIF 06-08 to FOB Paliwoda Iraq assigned to the 3rd Battalion 8th Cavalry Regiment. The battalion was detached from the 3rd “Greywolf" Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division and operated under the control of the 3rd “Panther" Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division (later replaced by 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division) in the Multi-National Division (North) (MND) where he was the Non-Commissioned Officer-In-Charge (NCOIC) of all counter-battery radar and counter-battery indirect fires assets and operations. Additionally, he was the Senior Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (SUAV) pilot and trainer conducting Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance operations deep within Salah Ad Din Province leading to the formation of a dozen "Sons of Iraq local security elements, one of the first units in MND-North to do so. He left active duty in April 2008 and immediately re-entered as a Reservist in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, joining the 81st Aerial Port Squadron as Air Transportation Helper. He has also been assigned to the 80th, 38th, and 94th Aerial Port Squadrons. While assigned to the 94th Aerial Port Squadron, MSgt Hopkins deployed in April 2020 thru October 2020 to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar as the Air Terminal Operations Center Duty Officer responsible for overseeing the 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron's Aerial Port Operations and all functions within the aerial port. Those duties included ensuring the seamless upload and download of passengers and cargo through the Department of Defense logistic network. In October 2022 MSgt Hopkins was assigned to the 351st Recruiting Squadron and continues to perform his duties therein. Prior to becoming a Recruiter, MSgt Hopkins was the Awards and Decorations Program Manager, 94th Aerial Port Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins Georgia.
Air Force Reserve Recruiting Badge            Air Transportation Badge      Army Combat Action Badge
2002 Fires Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training Course (AIT), Fort Sill, Lawton Okla. 2003 Combat Life Saver Medical Training, Fort Hood, Killeen Texas
2006 Small Land Warfare UAV Pilot Training, Redstone Arsenal, Huntsville, Ala.
2007 Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment Guyed Mobile Multi-Spectral Surveillance System Training, Baghdad, Iraq 2009 Air Transportation Apprentice Course, Lackland Air Force Base, Texas
2010 Transportation Proficiency Center Tunner 60K Loader Operator Course, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Ga. 2011 Air Force Reserve Command NCO Leadership Development Course, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
2013 Hazardous Materials Airlift Inspector Course, Fort Lee, Petersburg, Va.
2013 Criminal Justice Associates of Sciences, Trident Technical College, Charleston, S.C.
2014 Homeland Security Management Associates of Sciences, Trident Technical College, Charleston, S.C. 2014 Unit Joint Inspection Course, Charleston AFB, Charleston, S.C.
2019 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 2021 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Ala.
2022 Air Force Recruiter Training Course, Lackland AFB, San Antonio Texas
  1. August 2002 - October 2002, Trainee, Basic Military Training (BMT), C 1st Battalion (BN) 22nd Field
  2. Artillery (FA) Training Battery (BTY) Fort Sill, Okla.
  3. November 2002 – January 2003, Trainee, Fires Support Specialist AIT Course, C 2nd BN 82nd FA TR BTY, Fort. Sill, Okla.
  4. February 2003 – September 2005, Fire Support Specialist, HHS 1st BN 21st FA BTY, Ft. Hood, Texas (March 2004 – June 2005, Fire Support Element Specialist, 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (Div), Baghdad, Iraq)
  5. October 2005 – April 2008, Forward Observer, Headquarters and Headquarters Troop 3rd Cavalry 8th Armor Regiment, Ft. Hood, Texas (October 2006 – December 2007, Targeting, Airspace, and Air Movement NCOIC, 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Div/ 1st Brigade 101st Airborne Div., Salah Ad Din Province, Iraq
  6. April 2008 – January 2010, Air Transportation Helper, 81st Aerial Port Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
  7. January 2010 – February 2013, Air Transportation Journeyman, 80th Aerial Port Squadron, Dobbins ARB, Ga.
  8. March 2013 – June 2015, Special Handling Specialist, 38th Aerial Port Squadron, Charleston AFB, S.C.
  9. July 2015 – September 2022, Air Transportation Craftsman, 94th Aerial Port Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.(May 2018 – May 2019, Assistant NCOIC, U.S. Army Public Works Division, Watervliet Arsenal Watervliet, N.Y.) (September 2020- April 2021, Supervisor – Ramp Operations, 94th Aerial Port Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.) (April 2020- October 2020, Air Terminal Operations Center Duty Officer, 8th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron, Al Udeid AB, Qatar) (October 2020 – April 2021, Cargo Processing NCOIC, 94th Aerial Port Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.) (April 2021 – September 2022, Awards and Decorations Program Manager, 94th Aerial Port Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.)
  10. October 2022 – Present, Line Recruiter, 351st Recruiting Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Air and Space Commendation Medal with 1 oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal with 2 oak leaf clusters
Army Achievement Medal
Combat Action Medal Meritorious Unit Award
Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters
Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 service stars
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with 1 service star
Humanitarian Service Medal with 3 service stars
2009 AETC Top Graduate, Air Transportation Apprentice Course
2010 Top Tunner Academic Award, Air Transportation Proficiency Center
Army Private (PV2), August 2002 Army Private First Class, April 2003 Army Specialist, November 2004 Army Sergeant, September 2006 Air Force Staff Sergeant, April 2008 Air Force Technical Sergeant, July 2013 Air Force Master Sergeant, March 2020
(Current as of October 2022)

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