Christopher T. Donahue

Christopher T. Donahue
Major General Christopher Donahue.jpg
Born (1969-08-13) August 13, 1969 (age 52)
AllegianceUnited States of America
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1992–present
RankMajor General
Commands held82nd Airborne Division
NATO Special Operations Component Command – Afghanistan
Delta Force
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan
Iraq War
Operation Inherent Resolve
AwardsDefense Superior Service Medal
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

Christopher Todd Donahue[1] (born August 13, 1969) is a United States Army two-star general who currently serves as commanding general of the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Throughout his career, Donahue served in staff and command positions for both United States Army and Special Operations units.[2]

Military career

Donahue boards a C-17 cargo plane at the Kabul airport as the final American service member to depart Afghanistan.

He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, and commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Infantry Branch in 1992. His first assignment was rifle platoon leader with 2nd Infantry Division, Eighth Army in South Korea followed by service at Fort Polk, Louisiana and 3rd Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as company executive officer. Donahue then received assignment as rifle company commander in 5th Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment in Camp Kobbe, Panama. In 1998 Donahue transferred to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment as assistant operations officer, rifle company commander, and headquarters company commander.[3] He was then assigned to Washington D.C as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In 2002 Donahue volunteered for and completed a specialized selection and operator training course for assignment to the Army's 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta, publicly known as Delta Force, at Fort Bragg. He would serve numerous leadership positions as assistant operations officer, squadron operations officer, squadron executive officer, troop commander, selection and training detachment commander, operations officer, squadron commander, deputy commander and unit commander.[4] Donahue earned a master's degree from the Naval Command and Staff College, Naval War College and completed an Army War College Fellowship at Harvard University, 2013.[5]

Donahue's deployments while serving in the aforementioned positions include Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Freedom Sentinel and Operation Inherent Resolve. He planned, rehearsed and operated during classified operations in Eastern Europe, Middle East, Southwest Asia and Africa.

His most recent assignments include: Director of Operations, Joint Special Operations Command; the Commandant, United States Army Infantry School at Fort Benning; Deputy commanding General (maneuver) of the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson; Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism, J-37 Joint Staff; Commanding General, NATO Special Operations Component Command/Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, Resolute Support Mission, 2019–2020; and the Commanding General, 82nd Airborne Division from 2020 to present.[6] On August 30, 2021, he was the last American soldier to leave Afghanistan, closing at the same time Operation Allies Refuge, the 2021 evacuation from Afghanistan and the withdrawal of United States troops from Afghanistan.[7]

Awards and decorations

U.S. military decorations
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Superior Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal with "V" Device and four oak leaf clusters
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Service Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg
Army Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Achievement Medal
U.S. Unit Awards
Presidential Unit Citation
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Superior Unit Award
U.S. Service (Campaign) Medals and Service and Training Ribbons
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Silver star
Bronze star
Iraq Campaign Medal with silver service star and bronze service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two service stars
Bronze star
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Korea Defense Service Medal
Army Service Ribbon
NATO Medal ribbon (Non-Article 5).svg NATO Medal for service with ISAF
Award numeral 4.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 4
Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger Tab
Master Parachutist badge (United States).svg Master Parachutist Badge
USAF - Occupational Badge - High Altitude Low Opening.svg Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge
AirAssault.svg Air Assault Badge
Navy and Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia.jpg Honduras Parachutist Badge
75 Ranger Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia.svg 75th Ranger Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
82 ABD SSI.svg 82nd Airborne Division Combat Service Identification Badge
USSpecOpsCmdSSI.gif United States Special Operations Command Combat Service Identification Badge
ArmyOSB.svg 10 Overseas Service Bars


  1. ^ "Christopher Todd Donahue". West Point Association of Graduates. Retrieved April 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "Inside the Final Hours at Kabul Airport". Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  3. ^ "Brigadier General Christopher T. Donahue, Infantry School Commandant, U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence". Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Biographical Data Book National Defense University Class 2019-1 17 Sep – 19 Oct 2018" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2020-09-23. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  5. ^ "New Leader in Command at Fort Benning's Infantry School".
  6. ^ "General Officer Assignments". Archived from the original on September 23, 2020.
  7. ^ "Last American Soldier leaves Afghanistan". DVIDS. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
Military offices
Preceded by
Peter L. Jones
Commandant of the United States Army Infantry School
Succeeded by
David M. Hodne
Preceded by
Albert Elton
Deputy Director for Special Operations and Counterterrorism of the Joint Staff
Succeeded by
Marcus S. Evans
Commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force–Afghanistan and NATO Special Operations Component Command–Afghanistan
Preceded by
James J. Mingus
Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division


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