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  CDR Douglas Flannery

  Military Professor
  War Gaming

        Phone: (401) 841-7245

(401) 841-6960



Commander Flannery enlisted in the United States Navy in 1984 and served various assignments with Fleet Marine Forces and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Units. His final enlisted assignment as a Chief Hospital Corpsman until his commission in 1996. Earned designation as a Combat Diver (SCUBA/Closed circuit, US Navy Dive School), Naval Parachutist, Special Operations Technician, Marine Mammal Handler (US Navy’s dolphin and sea lion programs), and completed Field Medical Service School, USMC Amphibious Reconnaissance School, Cold Weather Medicine/ Survival Training, SERE, US Army Veterinary Technician School (honor graduate), US Army Special Forces Medic Advance Trauma Management Course, US Army Airborne Course,  and US Army Combat Dive School. CDR Flannery received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1995 from Southern Illinois University and was commissioned through Officer Candidate School at Pensacola, FL in 1996, as honor graduate.
CDR Flannery completed Basic Diving Officer at Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City, FL, Surface Warfare Officer and Damage Control Assistant Schools at Newport, RI in 1996. He completed Mine Countermeasures Core, Planning, and Specialty Warfare training then reported to USS ROBIN (MHC-54) at Ingleside, TX in 1997. CDR Flannery served as the First Lieutenant and Supply Officer, completing one deployment. His classification designator is as a Special Operations Officer and earned designation as a Surface Warfare Officer and Diving & Salvage Officer. Qualified MK 16 Diver and Dive Supervisor.
CDR Flannery next reported to the Mine Warfare Training Center in February 2000. He served as an instructor for the Mine Warfare Officer courses and also as the Security Officer. While assigned, CDR Flannery completed requirements and received his Master's in Business Administration from Texas A&M University in December 2002. He also qualified as a Master Training Specialist.
In 2003, CDR Flannery was assigned as EOD/Plans Officer to Mine Countermeasure Squadron THREE, Ingleside, TX and deployed to the Persian Gulf as MCM Commander in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, providing extensive mine clearance operations that opened the Iraqi Port of Umm Qasr. From 2004-2006, he was assigned as Executive Officer, EOD Mobile Unit TEN at Fort Story, VA, participating in PANAMEX and dive support in 5th Fleet AOR. He served as Operations Officer for Riverine Squadron ONE at Little Creek, Virginia, from 2006-2008, where he deployed to Al Anbar Province Iraq in support of OIF with Riverine patrols on the Euphrates River and protecting the high value target of Hadithah Dam. From 2008-2010 CDR Flannery reported as Personnel Exchange Program Officer to the Belgian-Netherlands Mine Warfare Command in Oostende, Belgium, working with NATO Working Groups for Diving, EOD, Harbor Security, Very Shallow Water operations, and Mine Warfare. Additionally, CDR Flannery worked alongside the Defense Attaché, US Embassy, Brussels, and also as a Senior Instructor for mine warfare and diving. 
Served as Commanding Officer, Navy Operational Support Center, Manchester from December 2010 to June 2013.
CDR Flannery's military awards include two Meritorious Service Medal, five Navy Commendation Medals, four Navy Achievement Medals, an Army Achievement Medal, and various service medals and ribbons.