Riley Eleanor Hawkins. [Goes by 'Lee' or 'Leo'. Becomes incensed at the use of her given name.]
April 1, 2002 [aged 22 years, two months]
Hawkins is Jamaican-Irish, roughly 5'4", and almost stocky in build. Hair brown, eyes hazel, she has no notable markings save for a dense smattering of facial freckles, and a scar that crosses her stomach, just above her navel.
Though shown to have at least average intelligence as a child in pre-tech schoolings, Hawkins seems almost determined to hide whatever intellect she may have, and indeed rarely thinks actions through, making her a very poor strategist indeed. She does, however, posses an almost uncanny intuition, particularly concerning unprecedented kaiju behavior. One might call this the animalistic instinct of a born hunter, if one wished to be melodramatic.
Of the surviving copilots who have drifted with Hawkins, not a single one will speak as to her background. She would have us believe this is due to a 'mutual respect' going as far to amend the early-century adage, "What happens in the drift, stays in the drift." We have had it, however, on good terms that Hawkins has threatened the living former drift partners against sharing anything that might shed light on her admittedly interesting psych profile.
Ostensibly, the death of her mother (see below) Captain Sarah Hawkins of the infamously downed Delta Hawk, has affected her strongly, however flip the junior Hawkins may be. Moreover, Hawkins has, to date, clocked the most time of any pilot in solo combat, despite being introduced to her first Jaegar after the two-pilot system was enforced. She has had five partners die in combat, and it can be assumed that she has 'shared' their deaths. Many attempts have been made, even at the threat of permanent grounding, to assuage the resultant psychological damage (mainly manifesting in reckless and often near-suicidal behavior, as well as severe insubordination and general hostility), but all have ended in violence, naturally, on Hawkins' part.
Patient was grounded (six weeks and eight weeks, respectively) after the second and fourth deaths of her copilot, and retained for medical treatment of severe migraines and epilepsy, believed to be caused by long hours of unintentional solo piloting of the Jaegars. Hawkins also suffers from crippling panic attacks and night terrors, but refuses treatment.
Hawkins, born just after the turn of the century in New York, NY, was perceived to be a prodigy from the beginning. Her father, Connor Hawkins, preeminent Irish engineer, was partly responsible for the technology that made the dual piloting system a reality, in a way, preemptively saving his daughter's life. He passed away of almost mockingly natural causes when Hawkins was eleven.
Her mother, Kimi Linton, became a hero at the tender age of twenty four, when she became not only second youngest female pilot (the title is now held by her daughter), but the youngest and only Jamaican pilot at the time. The Kingston Shatterdome was funded by Linton almost exclusively, and she went on to teach at the school where Hawkins would later train. What made Linton so extraordinary was her preternatural ability to drift with virtually anyone. It was a rare and marketable talent, enhanced by her charming nature and calm leading style.
She appeared to have passed her talent (though not her people skills) onto her daughter, but unfortunately, Linton would never witness it. She was sent out with a new partner, Timothy Bigsly, two weeks before Hawkins was to graduate (a full year early). Bigsly was a new recruit and fell out of drift at a critical moment. Linton sacrificed herself to save the inexperienced soldier, who later hung himself out of shame and guilt.
Hawkins burst into the scene, easily filling the gaping hole where her mother had left, though where there had been hope and light, there was now fear and brutality. She quickly earned a reputation first as ruthless, then soulless. She was nearly discharged thrice before her 21st birthday, but her equally uncanny ability to drift was a needed asset. Her ability to maintain the drift, however, was dangerous, and after losing her fifth copilot, she was grounded permanently.
Combat and Training History
Simulation Scores: 58 drops, 58 kills
Training University Ranking: 99.9 percentile
Drift Compatibility: 98%
Drift Success: 7%
USAF Captain Geoffrey Donner - DECEASED, KIA
2nd Lieutenant Kelly Kim - [NOW [DECEASED]
Captain Lindsay Cutter - DECEASED
Captain Takashi Omaru - Injured/Maimed [GROUNDED]
USAF Commander Michael Groe - DECEASED, KIA
Commander Stuart Greene - MIA, believed to be dead
Former KGB Mikolov Datski - DECEASED
Captain Alana Matthews - DECEASED [died of seizure when Hawkins fell out of drift, while 'chasing the rabbit'. Command says this is becoming a more frequent issue with Hawkins]
Dishonorable discharge, following Captain Matthews' death.