As the sun sets on the career of Maj. Gen. Alfred K. Flowers, he looks back with a sense of accomplishment.
Flowers, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Budget, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management and Comptroller, is set to retire from the Air Force on Jan. 1, 2012.
With 46 years of service to his country, Flowers is the longest serving Airman and currently the longest serving Air Force officer who began their service since the creation of the U.S. Air Force in 1947.
“When you start at age 17, you can get a lot done by the time you are 60,” Flowers said.
A Kinston, N.C., native, Flowers was raised by his grandparents, who were sharecroppers. He credits humble beginnings as the foundation that carried him to where he is today.
“Being raised by grandparents who instilled the morals, the values, the integrity of doing the right thing and treating people the way you want to be treated has been important,” he said. “I credit a lot of my makeup, morals and ethical values and attitudes to them.”
These values guided Flowers to perform his best in school and propelled him to graduate high school at 17.
Flowers knew the opportunity to further his education after high school was bleak. However, there were other ways to succeed for someone with motivation, drive and a willingness to perform their best every day. (Read more.)