Major General Christopher Donahue, Commander, 82nd Airborne Division

Major General Christopher Donahue

Commander, 82nd Airborne Division

Christopher Todd Donahue was born in August 1969. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as a second lieutenant into the Infantry Branch of the Army. He 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. 

Across his career, he has held numerous positions including being part of the 75th Ranger Regiment and Delta Force. During the War in Afghanistan, he served as the NATO Special Operations Combatant Commander. He also deployed to the Iraq War and Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, and Operation Freedom Sentinel. 

In the News…

A military aircraft carrying a few dozen elite U.S. troops arrived in Poland near the border with Ukraine after President Biden ordered the deployment of forces to Eastern Europe. 

Hundreds more from the 82nd Airborne Division are expected in the coming days, as the Pentagon has said about 1,700 troops will deploy to Poland. 

“Our national contribution here in Poland shows our solidarity with all of our allies here in Europe and, obviously, during this period of uncertainty, we know that we are stronger together,” said Major General Christopher Donahue, who is the troops’ commander and was the final American soldier to leave Afghanistan in August. 


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