With 46 years of service to his country, community, and brethren, Major General Alfred K. Flowers understands the challenges faced by our military service members and their families, and is deeply committed to advancing the Reach Resilience mission to support and uplift America’s veterans and all people and communities in crisis.
A Vietnam veteran, Distinguished Service Medal recipient, and Officer Training School graduate, Major General Flowers’ four decades of service include enlisting in the United States Air Force at age seventeen to serving as an air transportation and accounting specialist, budget officer, chief of budget at Air Combat Command, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of The Air Force for Budget, where he was responsible for $170 billion in funds. He also commanded the Holms Center at Maxwell AFB and The Second Air Force at Keesler AFB.
Major General Flowers’ dedication to public service and to the military is unrivaled, earning him an Air Force Association Lifetime Achievement Award and recognition as the longest-serving airman in Air Force history, longest-serving African American in defense history, and longest serving continuous active duty member in the history of The United States Department of Defense. In 2012, he was inducted into the Air Education and Training Command Order of The Sword making him only the 224th Air Force inductee since 1967.
He continues to serve his community as President and CEO of KAL-46 Consulting. He authored the book, Reflections of a Servant Leader, and travels globally as a motivational speaker and guest lecturer. He previously served on the board of directors for the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, the Air Force Aid Society, and the Air Force Services Agency and currently serves on several private and public boards, including for Endeavors. Major General Flowers received his undergraduate degree from Southern Illinois University and graduate degrees from Ball State University and The National Defense University.