Mykel Hawke

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Mykel Hawke
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Mykel A.G. Pierce

(1965-11-29) November 29, 1965 (age 57)
Occupation(s)Former Army officer, author, television and film personality
Years active1998–present
SpouseRuth England (2005–Present)
WebsiteOfficial 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 a college degree, a BS from UNY in Biology. He also holds 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, 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.[3][4]

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[5] in 2011 from the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.[6][7]



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 a 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 Press, 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
  • 2019: Family Survival Guide: The Best Ways for Families to Prepare, Train, Pack, and Survive Everything - Skyhorse Publishing, ISBN 978-1510737945
  • 2019: Foraging for Survival: Edible Wild Plants of North America - Skyhorse Publishing, ISBN 978-1510738331
  • 2019: The Quick and Dirty Guide to Learning Languages Fast - Racehorse Publishing, ISBN 978-1631583018 (re-issue)
  • 2021: Under a Hard Blue Sky - Pixel Dragon Press, ISBN 978-0982931639 (co-authored with Kim Martin)

He has also contributed to numerous books.[8]


Hawke has appeared in over 50 TV shows,[9] including:

The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen (2018)[edit]

This TV mini-series by the History Channel, executive-produced by Leonardo DiCaprio, looks at the lives of iconic pioneers such as Daniel Boone, Lewis and Clark, Tecumseh, Davy Crocket and Andrew Jackson as they traveled across America. Hawke was featured as a combat vet and survivalist.[10]

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]

2022: Hawke appeared on the "Discovery Channel's India's Ultimate Warrior"[16][circular reference]

2020: Mykel teaches Survival to Matthew Broderick & Cast of Netflix TV Show "DayBreak"[17]

2019: Hawke is Resident Expert interviewed on History's Frontiersmen by Leonardo DiCaprio [18]

2006: Hawke appeared as a guest in Dirty Sanchez: The Movie to teach Mathew Pritchard, Lee Dainton, Michael "Pancho" Locke and Dan Joyce survival skills.

Hawke appeared with wife Ruth on ABC's The Bachelor in episode 4 of Arie's season, 2018, where they instructed some of the women in survival on a group date.[19]

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.[20]

He also appeared in an episode of the fifth season of The Simple Life (styled as The Simple Life Goes to Camp) in 2007, appearing in episodes 7 and 8, as a survival expert, helping campers learn the basics of survival.

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, Hawke married Ruth England. They currently reside in Miami, Florida, with their son who was born in London, England.[21]

Hawke established a combat medic school in Azerbaijan.[22]


  1. ^ "About Mykel Hawke : Man, Woman, Wild". Discovery Channel. Retrieved August 23, 2010.
  2. ^ Army Officer FAQs
  3. ^ The Morton Report
  4. ^ Kirkus Reviews
  5. ^ "Mykel Hawke | ASGU". Archived from the original on 2017-10-07. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  6. ^ American Survival Guide
  7. ^ The Guardian
  8. ^ "Mykel Hawke". Amazon.
  9. ^[user-generated source]
  10. ^ Ariana Brockington, "TV News Roundup: History Releases Trailer for Leonardo DiCaprio's 'The Men Who Built America: Frontiersmen'", Variety, March 5, 2018; accessed 12/23/2018.
  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. ^ India's Ultimate Warrior
  17. ^[user-generated source]
  18. ^[user-generated source]
  19. ^; accessed December 23, 2018.
  20. ^ "Discovery Channel:: I Shouldn't Be Alive: Science of Survival". Discovery Channel. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2015.
  21. ^ "The Hawke Family FINAL STAMPED LIFETIME PERMANENT PROTECTIVE ORDER (PPO)". CNN iReport. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  22. ^ "Man, Woman, Wild". Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved January 7, 2015.

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