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TROY Magazine
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For Troy University alumnus Maj. Gen. Bob Flanagan,
USMC retired, May’s visit to the Troy Campus was a first.
Flanagan earned a Master of Public Administration degree,
beginning his studies at TROY’s site in Tampa while serving
U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base.
“I started in Tampa, but got interrupted by the war in Iraq,”
he said. “When I was assigned to Washington, I was able to
pick up my education with TROY right where I had left off
without any problems. I was treated as if I had never left.”
Flanagan was commissioned as a Marine Second
Lieutenant when he graduated from the University of
Michigan as an undergrad in 1971. Through the years, his
assignments have included service with Marine Helicopter
Squadron One; Air Officer for the Fourth Marine Regiment
in Okinawa, Japan; Executive Officer, HMT-303, Aircraft
Group 39 at Camp Pendleton, Calif.; Commander of Marine
Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 169; Commander of Marin
Aircraft Group 24; Head Aviation Monitor Headquarters,
USMC; Executive Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for
Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and Commanding General of
the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade.
Flanagan’s final assignment was Commander of Marine
Corps Air Bases, Eastern Area, and Commanding General of
Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point.
“There is a premium placed on education in the military
because you can’t get promoted without having the education
to back it up,” he said. “It took me seven years to finish my
degree and if it wasn’t for TROY, it would have likely been
much more difficult to complete my education.”
Flanagan’s visit reunited him with a fellow Marine retiree
with whom he served at one point in his career. Dr. John
Schmidt, USMC Colonel, retired, greeted Flanagan and
treated him to a tour of the campus. Flanagan also met with
Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr., also a fellow Marine, during his
“I have kept up with TROY closely through the years
because it was my alma mater and that’s special to me,”
Flanagan said. “It was great to finally visit the Troy Campus.”
Retired Marine Major
General pays visit
to his alma mater
Dr. John Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement
and External Relations and retired Marine Colonel,
Flanagan, and Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor and a
combat Marine veteran.