Senior Chief Hawes enlisted in the Navy in 1993. Upon completion of recruit training at Great Lakes, IL, he attended the Basic Music course of instruction at the Armed Forces School of Music and was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Band in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1997, he transferred to Navy Band Great as principal clarinet in the Wind Ensemble. He detached in 2001 to attend the Unit Leader Course at the Armed Forces School of Music, and upon graduation, he reported to the Pacific Fleet Band in Pearl Harbor, HI. In 2011 he transferred to Commander U.S. Naval Forces Europe Band, and was assigned as Senior Enlisted Leader for Navy Band Northeast in Newport Rhode Island in 2017.