Gen. Charles Flynn was the Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Rhode Island’s Army ROTC program in 1985. Flynn commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Infantry.
He is currently the Commanding General of the United States Army Pacific Command, the Army’s largest service component command.
Flynn is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses at Fort Benning, GA. He holds two master’s degrees, one in National Security and Strategic Studies from the United States Naval War College in Newport, RI and one in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University.
Flynn has served in a variety of command, staff, and leadership positions from platoon leader to division commander. He commanded the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, deploying in support of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Following Brigade Command, General Flynn served as the Executive Assistant, Director of the Joint Staff and then Executive Officer, Commander, International Security Assistance Force, United States Forces – Afghanistan. He then served as the Director, Mission Command Center of Excellence (MCCOE) and later as the acting Commanding General, United States Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He returned to Fort Bragg to serve as the Deputy Commanding General (Operations) of the 82nd Airborne Division then became Assistant G-3/5/7 (Readiness), United States Army Forces Command. General Flynn served as the 25th Infantry Division Commander then became Deputy Commanding General, United States Army Pacific.
He has several awards including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal among many others.
About the Army ROTC Hall of Fame
The ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.
The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.
Read more about the 2021 Hall of Fame Inductees.