Soldiers and Army Civilian Professionals at the Mission Command Center of Excellence recently welcomed Sgt. Maj. Robert A. Flynn to the headquarters at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Flynn joins MCCoE from Fort Moore, Ga., where he served as the 3rd Infantry Division Artillery Command Sergeant Major.
Flynn brings with him a wealth of operational experience in U.S. Army Forces Command units and says this was key to his selection for this assignment.
"I believe that you need someone that can really message what MCCoE does and can provide for the force," he said. "The key takeaway for me is to provide a conduit for the force to connect with all of the great doctrine, programs and products that MCCoE has in its portfolio."
A native of Jersey City, N.J., Flynn entered the Army and completed One Station Unit Training at Fort Sill, Okla., where he was awarded the military occupational specialty of 13B, cannon crew member. From there, he advanced in his career through a series of assignments of increasing responsibility with many of the Army's premier units, including the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Mountain Division, 25th Infantry Division, 101st Airborne Division and 3rd Infantry Division. He also deployed multiple times in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to Honduras as part of Operation Alamo Shield.
In addition to his operational assignments and required professional military education, Flynn holds qualifications for Airborne, Air Assault, Jumpmaster, Pathfinder, Master Resiliency Trainer, Fast Rope Insertion/Extraction (FRIES)/Special Purpose Insertion Extraction (SPIES), Field Artillery Master Gunner, as well as other specialty schools and programs. He is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 66 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Austin Peay State University.
Since taking the reins in August, he has been making the rounds with MCCoE's eight subordinate organizations and gaining an appreciation for their unique missions. His biggest takeaway so far? "The amount of work that comes out of MCCoE that has impacts across the entire Army," he said.
As the new MCCoE Sergeant Major, Flynn said he wants to continue building on what the previous leadership brought to the organization while providing support to the Combined Arms Center. "My first priorities are to truly understand holistically what MCCoE does and provides," he said. "All of the subordinate organizations have been extremely helpful in getting me in fighting shape."
Now that Flynn is fully on board as a member of the MCCoE team, he is taking his role as a champion of MCCoE's efforts and products to heart.
"I am at the point of my career that my main mission is to pay it forward, develop the next leaders and make the Army better." he said.
To read more about Sgt. Maj. Robert Flynn, visit his biography page.
To learn more about the Mission Command Center of Excellence, visit https://usacac.army.mil/organizations/mccoe.