Colonel Stephen C. Flanagan

Colonel Stephen C. FlanaganColonel “Steve” Flanagan is from Massachusetts and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY. In May 2001, he received his commission as an Infantry Officer through ROTC, where he was a Distinguished Military Graduate. Following completion of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Ranger School and the Infantry Mortar Leader Course, COL Flanagan served as an Airborne Rifle Platoon Leader in the 1-501 Parachute Infantry Regiment from 2002 to 2003. COL Flanagan was then selected to serve as a Ranger Platoon Leader in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, where he conducted combat tours in Iraq (2003-04) and Afghanistan (2004), including participation in Task Force 121’s successful manhunt of Saddam Hussein.

Upon graduation from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2007, COL Flanagan served as Detachment Commander of Special Forces Operational Detachment – Alpha 0324 (Military Free Fall), where he conducted two combat tours in Iraq (2007, 2008-09), and deployments to Israel (2009) and Mali (2010). From 2010 to 2014, COL Flanagan earned master’s degrees in psychology and public administration from Harvard University and then taught in the Behavioral Science and Leadership Department at West Point, where he reached the academic rank of Assistant Professor.

From 2014 to 2015, COL Flanagan commanded C Company, 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group and led the company on a six-month deployment to West Africa as AOB-Niger Commander in support of Operation JUNIPER SHIELD. From 2015 to 2016, he served as the Operations Officer for 3rd Battalion. From 2016 to 2019, COL Flanagan served as the Chief of the Caribbean and South American Regional Fusion Divisions in the Operations Directorate at Special Operations Command-South, where he participated in Operation HORSESHOE TYPHOON, a successful counter-ISIS operation in Trinidad. From 2019-2021, he commanded HHBn, U.S. Army Central at Shaw AFB, SC and Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. From 2021-2023, COL Flanagan commanded 2d Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA, and led two Force Package deployments with the Battalion, advising partner forces across nine nations of the INDOPACOM AOR. In August 2023, COL Flanagan will begin an Army War College Fellowship at Tufts University’s Fletcher School.

COL Flanagan’s awards and decorations include: two Bronze Star Medals, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, four Meritorious Service Medals, five Army Commendation Medals, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutists Badge, Pathfinder Badge, and the Master Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge.

COL Flanagan is married to the former Carolina Pupo Van-Strahlen of Mompox, Colombia, and they have a two-year-old son, Stephen “Sonny” Jr., and a six-month-old daughter, Milany Colette.