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John Flynn’s Flight Path From The Air Force To One Of The Biggest Companies in America

Mackenzie Meaney

John Flynn started his military career at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where he was a student from 1995-1998. According to Wikipedia, Flynn was also a quarterback for the Air Force football team, becoming a WAC co-champion just in his freshman year. By his junior year, Flynn was starting to get some minutes in the pocket.

After graduation, Flynn joined the Air Force and held multiple positions and ranks. From being a lead airdrop instructor to an executive officer and flight commander, Flynn worked in all areas, and was even deployed four separate times to Afghanistan and Iraq to support operations there.

Flynn retired from the Air Force in 2010 and started to take on a role in political offices, starting with being a legislative fellow for the Department of Defense. The former airman worked his way up to the office of the Vice President, who at that time was Joe Biden. Flynn's roles in the White House included Senior Military Aide to the Vice President, Personal Aide, and Advisor to the Vice President and Special Assistant to the President.

After his time in D.C., Flynn found his way to MGM Resorts International, one of the biggest hospitality companies in the world. Flynn started as the Executive Director of Program and Initiative Strategy before becoming the Chief of Staff to the Chairman and the CEO.

At the start of the pandemic, Flynn moved to a new role — VP of Administration, Global Aviation, Global Security Ops, and COVID Strategy, bringing Flynn’s career full circle.

Photo credits: John Flynn’s Twitter