Mykel Hawke

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Mykel Hawke
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Born Mykel A.G. Pierce
(1965-11-29) November 29, 1965 (age 52)
Fort Knox, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Former Army officer, author, television and film personality
Years active 1998–present

Beth Graham (Divorced)

Ruth England (2005–Present)
Website Official website

Mykel Hawke (born November 29, 1965) is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces officer, author, and television and film personality. He is perhaps best known for the television programs he created on Discovery Channel called Man, Woman, Wild and One Man Army. He left Discovery to work on two new programs: Lost Survivors for Travel Channel and Elite Tactical Unit for Outdoor Channel


A combat veteran, he served as an enlisted soldier and later as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Special Forces ("Green Berets"), attaining the rank of captain. He fought rebels and trained UN peacekeepers in war-torn Africa and did combat search and rescue missions during the drug war in Colombia. He holds black belts in Aikido and judo.[1] As required by the Army to be an officer [2], Hawke holds two college degrees: a BS from UNY in Biology and an MS from UCA in Family Counseling. He was rated in 7 languages in the Army and paid for 3 languages, the maximum allowed, documented in his published language book [3], The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast.


Military service[edit]

Hawke joined the US Army in 1982. He served on active duty for a total of 12 years; he also served in the Reserves and Guard for 12 more years. He was a Sergeant First Class (E-7) before he took a commission as an Officer, 18A.[4] [5]

He held three Enlisted, Special Forces Military Occupational Skills (MOS):

  • Special Forces Medic, 18D
  • Special Forces Communicator, 18E
  • Special Forces Intelligence Operations, 18F

He retired as a Captain [6] in 2011 from the U.S. Army Special Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. [7] [8]


Mykel Hawke's Awards, Decorations, and Badges


Hawke has authored numerous books and manuals including the following:

  • 2000: The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast – Paladin Press, ISBN 978-1-58160-096-4 (authored under pen name "A.G.


  • 2009: Hawke's Green Beret Survival Manual – Running Press, ISBN 978-0-7624-3358-2
  • 2010: In the Dark of the Sun – Pixel Dragon Designs, ISBN 978-0-9829316-0-8 (co-authored with Kim Martin)
  • 2011: Hawke's Special Forces Survival Handbook: The Portable Guide to Getting Out Alive – Running Press, ISBN 978-0-7624-4064-1

He has also contributed to numerous books [9].


Hawke has appeared in over 50 TV shows [10], including:

Man, Woman, Wild (2010–2012)[edit]

The show featured Hawke and his wife, Ruth, as they had to survive for a half week with limited supplies in wild and inhospitable locations around the world.[11]

One Man Army (2011–2012)[edit]

Hawke also hosted the Discovery Channel show, One Man Army, in which personnel from backgrounds such as special operations, military, law enforcement, and extreme sports, competed in three areas of speed, strength, and intelligence to win prize money.[12][13]

Lost Survivors (2013)[edit]

The Travel Channel has released six episodes of the series entitled Lost Survivors in which Mykel and Ruth Hawke find themselves in remote areas around the world with minimal supplies and few clues as to their actual whereabouts.[14] The couple must then rely on instinct, expertise, and the strength of each other in order to effect their own rescue from these remote locations.[15]

Other appearances[edit]

  • He was also one of four survival experts featured in the Discovery Channel's short-lived series, Science of Survival. In Episode 2, "Escape from the Amazon", Mykel spends three days in the Amazon, reducing his survival gear each successive day.[16]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Hawke married Ruth England. They currently reside in Miami, Florida, with their son who was born in London, England.[17]

Hawke established a combat medic school in Azerbaijan.[18]


  1. ^ "About Mykel Hawke : Man, Woman, Wild". Discovery Channel. Retrieved August 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ Army Officer FAQs
  3. ^ published language book
  4. ^ The Morton Report
  5. ^ Kirkus Reviews
  6. ^
  7. ^ American Survival Guide
  8. ^ The Guardian
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^ Gary Strauss,"Survival shows are now the fittingest on television", USA Today, August 27, 2010; retrieved August 28, 2010.
  12. ^ "One Man Army: Discovery Channel". Discovery Channel. Retrieved July 24, 2011. 
  13. ^ One Man Army review, New York Times; accessed January 7, 2015.
  14. ^ Lost Survivors profile,; accessed January 7, 2015.
  15. ^ Lost Survivors profile,; accessed January 7, 2015.
  16. ^ "Discovery Channel:: I Shouldn't Be Alive: Science of Survival". Discovery Channel. Archived from the original on 8 Jul 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  17. ^ "The Hawke Family FINAL STAMPED LIFETIME PERMANENT PROTECTIVE ORDER (PPO)". CNN iReport. Retrieved 2017-05-28. 
  18. ^ "Man, Woman, Wild". Man, Woman, Wild. Archived from the original on 12 Oct 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 

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