Leadership in Action

Wednesday 2/20/2013

First Division Museum at Cantigny Park

Wheaton, Illinois

Join us as veteran Lieutenant General (Ret) Russel Honoré, author of Leadership in the New Normal, and Major General (Ret) Alfred Flowers, the longest-serving African American in the U.S. Air Force share their perspectives on authentic, modern leadership, illustrating their insights with stories from their life experiences as widely respected military leaders. Honoré and Flowers will be joined by a senior non-commisioned officer from the 1st Infantry Division, and Colonel (Ret) Eugene Scott who will moderate the discussion.


Lieutenant General Russel L. Honore

United States Army Lieutenant General (Retired) Russel L. Honoré, was born in 1947 to Udell and Lloyd Honoré in Lakeland, Louisiana. After completing ROTC training at Southern University, Honoré began a thirty-seven year career in service to the United States military. In 2004, Honoré became the 33rd commanding general of the U.S. First Army at Fort Gillem, Georgia. When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Honoré was designated commander of Joint Task Force Katrina. Honoré’s arrival in New Orleans came after what was widely believed to be a poor performance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Following his retirement from the military on January 11, 2008, Honoré joined The Gallup Organization as a Senior Scientist; the faculties of Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Nell Hodgson School of Nursing. Honoré also served as a CNN Preparedness contributor. Honoré lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.   


 Major General Alfred Flowers

Major general Alfred K. Flowers was born in 1947 in Kinston, North Carolina. In 1965, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and was assigned as a supply warehouseman at Grand Forks Air Force Base (AFB). Flowers then served four years as an air transportation specialist and seven years as an accounting specialist. He received his B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University and his M.A. degree from Ball State University. In 1978, he attended officer training school at the Medina Annex, Lackland AFB.  Later in his career, he served as Chief of Budget at Langley AFB and Director of Budget Programs for the Department of the Air Force. In 2012, after forty-six years of the service, Flowers retired from the United States Air Force, making him the longest-serving airman in Air Force history and the longest serving African American in the history of the United States Department of Defense.


The HistoryMakers, a 501(c)(3) not for profit organization and the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive (www.thehistorymakers.com) was awarded a $200,000 grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for a project entitled MilitaryMakers: Correcting The Missing Historical Record. There is an urgent need for this project since so many who fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam (not to mention the Civil and Revolutionary Wars and World War I) have passed on leaving a gaping hole in U.S. Military history. MilitaryMakers seeks to correct this with: