BG Christopher T. Donahue assumed duties as the deputy commanding general of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson on Aug. 8. His most recent assignment was as the Director of Operations for the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC).
Donahue was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry Branch in 1992 from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He has commanded at every echelon from company to brigade.
Donahue has served as a platoon leader in Korea; Fort Polk, Louisiana; and the 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia. Following promotion to captain, he served as a rifle company commander in 5th Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment in Camp Kobbe, Panama. He then was selected to serve as an assistant operations officer, rifle company, and headquarters company commander in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.
Donahue subsequently moved to Washington, D.C., and served as special assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Following his time at the Pentagon he served as assistant operations officer, squadron operations officer, squadron executive officer, troop commander, selection and training detachment commander, operations officer, squadron commander, and deputy brigade commander (support) within U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He then attended Harvard University as a U.S. Army War College Fellow. Following Harvard, he returned to Fort Bragg and commanded a brigade within USASOC. He has deployed 15 times in support of operations in Afghanistan and throughout the Middle East.
His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Naval War College, and the U.S. Army War College Fellowship at Harvard University.
Donahue’s awards and decorations include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with “V” device (oak leaf cluster), Bronze Star Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (oak leaf cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal (oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (two oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Military Freefall Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.