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Maj. Gen. Alfred Flowers

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Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Major General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chateau Elan North of Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
It is all about attitude.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1947
Birth Location:
Kinston, North Carolina

Profession

Category:
MilitaryMakers
Occupation(s):
Major General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chateau Elan North of Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
It is all about attitude.

Birthplace

Born:
12/29/1947
Birth Location:
Kinston
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Biography

Major General Alfred K. Flowers was born on December 29, 1947 in Kinston, North Carolina to Annie Miller, a chef and Monroe Flowers, an industrial worker. He was raised by his grandparents who instilled in him a foundation of morals, ethical values and integrity. Flowers graduated from Jones High School in 1965 and enlisted in the United States Air Force at the age of seventeen.

After completing basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base (AFB) in San Antonio, Texas, Flowers was assigned as a supply warehouseman at Grand Forks AFB in North Dakota. In 1967, he served as an air transportation specialist in Da Nang AB, Vietnam. Two years later, Flowers was reassigned to Norton AFB in California, where he met his wife, Ida, who was also serving in the Air Force. After they married, she was transferred to Clark AFB in the Philippines and Flowers secured a joint-spousal assignment to be with her. In 1971, he was appointed to accounting specialist and served seven years in this position. Flowers received his A.A. degree from Thomas Edison University and his B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University. He earned his M.A. degree in 1976 from Ball State University. In 1978, he attended officer training school at the Medina Annex, Lackland AFB and was then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. He served as a budget officer at several Air Force bases before receiving his M.S. degree from Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 1994. Flowers served as Chief of Budget at Headquarters ACC on Langley AFB and in1999, he served as director of Budget Programs for the Department of the Air Force. Flowers served as commander of the Air Force Officer Accession and Training Schools at Air University on Maxwell AFB and commander of the Second Air Force on Keesler AFB. In 2009, he was appointed as the deputy assistant secretary of budget in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller in Washington, D.C. In 2012, after forty-six years of 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.

Throughout Flowers’ long career with the United States Air Force, he received much recognition including the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster and the Defense Meritorious Service Medal. Flowers served on the board of directors for the Army Air Force Exchange Service, the Air Force Aid Society and the Air Force Services Agency. Major General (R) Flowers was inducted into the Air Education And Training Command Order of The Sword on April 6, 2012, making him the 244th Air Force inductee since 1967. Flowers is married to Ida M. Flowers and they have one son, Lieutenant Colonel Alfred K. Flowers, Jr.

Alfred K. Flowers was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 28, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Alfred Flowers' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alfred Flowers lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alfred Flowers describes his mother's family background, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alfred Flowers describes his mother's family background, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alfred Flowers talks about his mother and maternal grandparents, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alfred Flowers talks about his mother and maternal grandparents, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alfred Flowers describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alfred Flowers discusses his parents and half siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Alfred Flowers discusses his likeness to his grandparents and visiting his mother's home in North Carolina
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Alfred Flowers describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alfred Flowers describes his earliest childhood memory and recalls the treatment of sharecroppers in North Carolina
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alfred Flowers describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alfred Flowers describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alfred Flowers discusses the death of his maternal grandfather and his decision to join the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alfred Flowers describes his experience as a sharecropper on the Phillips' farm in North Carolina, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alfred Flowers describes his experience as a sharecropper on the Phillips' farm in North Carolina pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alfred Flowers describes living on the Phillips' land in North Carolina with his grandparents, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alfred Flowers describes living on the Phillips' land in North Carolina with his grandparents pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Alfred Flowers remarks on his experience in elementary school and attending racially segregated schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Alfred Flowers discusses one of his favorite teachers and his early interest in arithmetic and mathematics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alfred Flowers describes his high school experiences and teachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alfred Flowers discusses his extracurricular high school activities and job as a school bus driver
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alfred Flowers discusses his graduation from high school and interest in joining the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alfred Flowers talks about attending church as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alfred Flowers discusses his childhood and growing up poor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alfred Flowers talks about his decision to join the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alfred Flowers describes his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alfred Flowers describes working as a supply warehouseman in Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Alfred Flowers talks about his duties in air transportation during the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Alfred Flowers discusses the "Tet Offensive" and other aspects of the Vietnam War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alfred Flowers talks about his return to the U.S. and continuing his service with the Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alfred Flowers describes how he met his wife, Ida Hill Flowers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alfred Flowers discusses being married, while serving in the Air Force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alfred Flowers describes his college education and earning his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alfred Flowers talks about his son and teaching him the value of a good education
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alfred Flowers describes his experience living and studying in Crete, Greece
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alfred Flowers talks about his admission into the U.S. Air Force's Officer Training School after being rejected three times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Alfred Flowers speaks about the differences between enlisted military and a military officer, and earning his second master's degree
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Alfred Flowers discusses his marriage and military life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alfred Flowers describes his experience as First Lieutenant at Tactical Air Command Headquarters in Langley, Virginia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alfred Flowers discusses his work at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alfred Flowers recounts his career as a Major in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alfred Flowers describes his return to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama to work for the U.S. Air Force Accession Command
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alfred Flowers talks about serving as the Air Force Budget Director
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alfred Flowers comments on his career accomplishments and his retirement
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Alfred Flowers reflects upon his legacy and comments on incidents of misuse of the U.S. Air Force budget
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Alfred Flowers shares stories about financial misconduct and budgetary spending
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Alfred Flowers explains his command philosophy and describes how 9/11 impacted communication between the various branches of the government
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Alfred Flowers discusses his views on race relations in 21st century America
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Alfred Flowers talks about some famous African American military servicemen
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Alfred Flowers talks about his family and former classmates
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Alfred Flowers talks about his son
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Alfred Flowers describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Alfred Flowers comments on having respect for the elderly and talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Alfred Flowers describes his photographs