DOD's longest-serving general retires after 46 years

Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers, left, is congratulated by Chief Master Sgt. James Cody on becoming an Air Education and Training Order of the Sword recipient. Flowers' selection was announced Nov. 2, 2011.


By Published: November 4, 2011

Maj. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers, 63, retires from the U.S. Air Force this month as the military’s longest-serving active-duty general, The Washington Post reported.

He is also the longest-tenured active-duty service member in the Air Force, and the longest-serving active-duty African American in the history of the Defense Department, according to the Post.

Flowers rose from an impoverished childhood to become the Air Force budget director. “This is someone who has truly defined history,” his son told this Post.

Read more about Flowers' remarkable career in The Washington Post

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