Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the younger brother of former National Security Adviser Gen. Michael Flynn, has been designated as the new head of the U.S. Army Pacific forces, the Department of Defense has announced.
The 57-year-old three-star general, who had been previously approved to the rank of four-star general, has been serving as deputy chief of staff of the Army since June 2019. He has been decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal, according to his biography.
Lt. Gen. Flynn's assignment was one of 15 announced Monday, sending him to Fort Shafter, Hawaii, and returning him to the state where he once served as commander of the 25th Infantry Division and served as deputy command general of the U.S. Army Pacific Command.
He is five years junior to his brother Gen. Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general in the Army, who served as national security adviser to President Donald Trump before resigning and being charged with lying to FBI investigators about his contact with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
The resignation came in relation to the investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign and allegations it conspired with Russian officials in regards to the presidential election. Special counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of any conspiracy and Flynn's prosecution was embroiled in controversy, particularly when documents revealed FBI investigators questioned what their objective was in interviewing Flynn, "to get him to lie . . . or get him fired."
Additionally, he tried to withdraw the plea and federal district Judge Emmet Sullivan refused the Justice Department's request to drop the case. He was eventually pardoned by Trump.
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