Lieutenant Colonel Flaherty is currently serving as the Deputy Dean of Students and Deputy Marine Corps Representative at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Upon commencement from St. Mary’s Ryken High School in May 1990, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was subsequently assigned to the Anacostia Naval Station with the 4th Supply Battalion, 4th Force Service Support Group. Upon graduation from Towson State University in May 1994 with a BS in Political Science, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant through the Platoon Leaders Class program and ordered to Quantico, VA, as a student at The Basic School (TBS). After completing TBS, he was ordered to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point, NC, as a Logistics Officer for duty at 2d Marine Aircraft Wing (MAW) as a Maintenance Management Officer, the Assistant S-4 Officer and the S-3 Plans Officer with Marine Wing Support Squadron-271. During this tour, he was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant.
In May 1998, he reported to Headquarters Battalion, Camp Fuji, Japan, where he maintained two separate billets as the Battalion S-4 Officer and Headquarters Company Commander. During this tour he was promoted to the rank of Captain. Subsequently, in May 1999, Captain Flaherty reported to Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, SC, where he served as the Operations Officer for the Assistant Chief of Staff Supply and Services for the Depot. He was then reassigned to Recruit Training Regiment, 3d Recruit Training Battalion as a Series Officer for Company K and later, as a Series Officer and Executive Officer for Company M.
In June 2002, Captain Flaherty was selected to attend the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey, CA, for studies in the Acquisition and Contract Management curriculum. Upon graduation from the NPS, he was selected for the United Nations (UN) Internship Program at the UN Headquarters in New York, NY, where he interned at the Department of Disarmament Affairs. As an intern, he served as a Disarmament Analyst, providing current operational reports for the disarmament efforts for the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Small Arms Conference for Central Asia, the Treaty for the Central Asia Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone (CANWFZ), and the Terms of Reference for Mongolia’s Nuclear Weapon-Free Zone with members of the UN Security Council.
In December 2003, Captain Flaherty reported to Marine Corps Base (MCB) Quantico for assignment as the Deputy Director for the Regional Contracting Office, Northeast (RCO-NE) where he was promoted to his current rank and was warranted as a Contracting Officer (AMOS 8856). During his tour at RCO-NE, the office obligated an average of $225M per year and was the premier contracting office in the Marine Corps. This assignment allowed him to deploy as a Contingency Contracting Officer (CCO) in support of Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) where he provided contract support in excess of $4.0M of requirements for civil-military operations.
In April 2007, he was reassigned to MCAS Cherry Point for duties with the 2nd MAW G-4 as the Logistics Operations Officer. In this billet, he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) in 2007-2008 where he was instrumental in leveraging contract requirements for the commercialization of airfield services at Al Asad Air Base. This allowed for the reconstitution of Aviation Ground Support (AGS) functions for the Marine Wing Support Squadrons supporting the ACE. Major Flaherty served in the same billet again in 2009 at Al Asad. The emphasis of his efforts for the 2009 deployment was on moving theater and sustainment equipment and materiel from Iraq to Afghanistan. Because of his contributions, the Air Combat Element of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade could enter Afghanistan and transition to operations more quickly and efficiently. He was selected for Lieutenant Colonel during this tour and received orders to Installations and Logistics, Headquarters, United States Marine Corps (HQMC I&L).
In July 2009, upon reassignment to HQMC I&L, Lieutenant Colonel Flaherty was designated as the Functional Area Manager for the Logistics IT Portfolio for over 250 logistics systems and applications. Other duties included resource sponsorship of the Global Combat Support System – Marine Corps (GCSS-MC), the service’s only $1.2B ACAT IAM Enterprise Resource Planning Tool program for the transformation of the Marine Corps’ Legacy Supply and Maintenance IT systems. Efforts for the initial implementation of the system resulted in the $224M Inventory Carrying Cost Reduction attributable to Total Asset Visibility. In May 2012, Lieutenant Colonel Flaherty was selected for his current assignment at Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA.
Lieutenant Colonel Flaherty has a Master’s Certificate in Supply Chain Management from Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a dual-degree MA in Management and Human Resources Development from Webster University, and a MBA from NPS. He has completed Amphibious Warfare School (AWS) and Command and Staff College (C&SC). A designated member of the Defense Acquisition Corps (AMOS 8058), he is Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level III certified in Contracting and Level I certified in Program Management.
His personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal (with three gold stars, in lieu of second, third, and fourth awards), the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.