Colonel Alfred “Al/Deuce” Flowers serves as the Command Surgeon for Space Operations Command. He advises the Chief of Space Operations on all medical matters and oversees health care operations for five military treatment facilities. He leads and sets policy for the 1,314 medical personnel responsible for the health and well-being of more than 159,000 active duty members, retirees and dependents with a medical budget exceeding $69 million. Colonel Flowers is additionally charged with facilitating clinical and business performance, validating compliance, and ensuring medical readiness and home station medical response.
Colonel Flowers received a direct commission into the Medical Service Corps and graduated Commissioned Officer Training School in 1997. He has served in various MSC, aide-de-camp, and fellowship positions at the squadron, center, field operating agency, headquarters level, including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, and NATO. He is board certified from the American Academy of Medical Administrators and is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
1995 Bachelor of Science, Finance, Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J.
1997 Master of Arts, Health and Community Service Administration, Rider University, Lawrenceville, N.J.
1997 USAF Health Service Administration Course, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2003 USAF Medical Intermediate Executive Skills Course, Sheppard AFB, Texas
2005 Medical Fellowship Program, Air Force Institute of Technology, Baltimore, Md.
2008 Master of Operational Art and Design, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 Air War College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2016 Senior Leader Development Course, Africa Update, Washington, D.C.
2017 Interagency Institute for Federal Health Care Executives, Washington, D.C.
2017 Military Health System Capstone Course, Joint Medical Executive Skills Institute, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.
2018 Master of National Security Strategy, National War College, National Defense University, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C.
2019 Joint Medical Strategic Leadership Program, San Antonio, New York City and Washington, D.C
1. August 1997 - February 1999, TRICARE/Patient Administration Flight Commander, 76th Medical Group, Kelly AFB, Texas
2. February 1999 - February 2000, Aide to Commander, San Antonio Air Logistics Center, Kelly AFB, Texas
3. February 2000 - February 2001, Medical Logistics Flight Commander, 22d Medical Group, McConnell AFB, Kan.
4. February 2001 - August 2002, Medical Group Associate Administrator and Business Operations Flight Commander, 22d Medical Group, McConnell AFB, Kan.
5. August 2002 - July 2004, Medical Treatment Facility Administrator and Medical Support Flight Commander, 61st Medical Squadron, Los Angeles AFB, Calif.
6. September 2004 - June 2005, Education with Industry - Senior Healthcare Fellow, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Baltimore, Md.
7. June 2005 - July 2006, Senior Health Policy Analyst - Air Force Medical Operations Agency, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
8. June 2006 - June 2007, Executive Officer to Assistant Surgeon General – Health Care Operations, Headquarters United States Air Force, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
9. August 2007 - June 2008, IDE Student, Air Command and Staff College – Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
10. July 2008 - June 2010, Commander, 86th Medical Support Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (September 2009 - January 2010, KFOR (Kosovo Force) Deputy Medical Advisor (SG2) / Deputy Combined Joint Medical Branch, NATO Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, Pristina, Kosovo)
11. August 2010 - June 2012, Fellow, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Defense Health Program, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
12. July 2012 - July 2013, Executive Officer to the Air Force Surgeon General, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
13. August 2013 - June 2015, Chief, Medical Support Operations Division, Air Force Medical Support Agency, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, Defense Health Headquarters, Falls Church, Va.
14. July 2015 - June 2017, Commander, 52d Medical Group, Spangdahlem AB, Germany
15. August 2017 - June 2018, Student, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C.
16. June 2018 - July 2020, Commander, 99th Medical Group, Nellis AFB, Nev.
17. July 2020 - Present, Command Surgeon, Space Operations Command, Peterson AFB, Colo.
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
1. September 2009 - January 2010, KFOR (Kosovo Force) Deputy Medical Advisor (SG2) / Deputy Combined Joint Medical Branch, NATO Operation JOINT GUARDIAN, Pristina, Kosovo), as a lieutenant colonel
2. August 2010 - June 2012, Fellow, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Defense Health Program, Pentagon, Washington D.C., as a lieutenant colonel
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award with Valor Device with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, Young Federal Healthcare Administrator of the Year, 2001
American College of Healthcare Executives, Early-Career Healthcare Executive Award, 2003
Department of Defense – Financial Management Team Award, 2011
Air Force Personnel Reliability Program Team of the Year, 2015
Air Force Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award, 2016
Commander, USAF Surgeon General Award for Clinic of the Year, 2016
USAF Best Inpatient Facility Patient Safety Program, 2019
Commander, USAF Surgeon General Award for Hospital of the Year, 2019
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
First Lieutenant July 28, 1997
Captain July 28, 1999
Major March 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2008
Colonel February 1, 2015
(Current as of July 2020)