Hoskins is a native of Parkville, Mo. He graduated from Missouri Western State University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology in 1988. He was commissioned after completion of Aviation Officer Candidate School in September 1989 and was designated a naval aviator in February 1992 in Kingsville, Texas.
In May of 1992, Hoskins reported to the Naval Military Personnel Command in Washington, D.C., for a one-year tour of duty as an assistant aviation commander detailer. He was then assigned to Fleet Replacement Squadron VFA-106 at Naval Air Station Cecil Field. Upon completion, he reported for his first operational assignment with the “Sidewinders” of VFA-86. While attached to the Sidewinders, Hoskins completed a deployment onboard the USS America (CV 66), which included extended operations in the Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean Sea and the Persian Gulf. He flew combat missions in support of Operations Decisive Edge and Southern Watch. In June of 1997, he returned to the Gladiators of VFA-106 as an instructor pilot, where he served in the operations and the maintenance departments. In September of 1998, Hoskins joined the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, for three seasons (1999-2001). He served as the narrator, opposing solo and lead solo pilot. In his final season as the lead solo pilot, he also served as the team’s operations officer. Hoskins returned to the fleet and was assigned to VFA-25, the “Fist of the Fleet,” for his department head tour, where he served as the operations and maintenance officer. During his tour with the Fist, he completed an extended deployment flying combat missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom.
In August of 2003, Hoskins reported to the United States Strategic Command (U.S. STRATCOM), where he served as an action officer and then, executive officer in the Plans and Policy Directorate. He was responsible for writing, assessing and disseminating high-level policy during U.S. STRATCOM’s restructuring in the midst of the Global War on Terrorism. In his last year at U.S. STRATCOM, he served as the aide de camp to the commander of U.S. STRATCOM. After his joint assignment, he began his command tour with VFA-15, “The Valions,” as the executive officer in April 2006. Upon assuming command of VFA-15 in June 2007, Hoskins led his squadron through an arduous turn-around cycle and combat deployment onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
After his command tour, Hoskins served as the third battalion officer at the United States Naval Academy (USNA). During his tour, he was selected an honorary graduate of the class of 2010. Upon his departure from USNA, he attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces where he received a master’s degree in national resource strategy and policy with the class of 2012. He then served at the Naval Service Training Command as the national director of NROTC programs until taking command of NAS Pensacola.
Hoskins has accumulated more than 3,400 flight hours and 570 arrested landings. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Air Medal (three awards with combat “V”), Navy Commendation Medal (three awards with combat “V”), Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), and numerous unit commendations and awards.