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Quartermaster Commandant - Biography:

Colonel Michelle K. Donahue Quartermaster Commandant


COL Michelle K. Donahue assumed the position as the Quartermaster Commandant on 29 May 2020. A Distinguished Military Graduate, COL Donahue received her commission in the Quartermaster Corps from Duke University in 1996. She also holds advanced degrees from Georgetown University and the National Defense University.

During more than 24 years of service, COL Donahue has been afforded many unique experiences and opportunities with the 1st Infantry Division (Kitzingen, Germany), the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command (Fort Bragg, North Carolina), the 593rd Sustainment Brigade (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington), the 3d Cavalry Regiment (Fort Hood), and the 16th Sustainment Brigade (Smith Barracks, Germany). Her assignments at the tactical level include: Supply and Services Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Company Commander, Battalion and Brigade S1, Battalion S2/S3, Battalion S4, Battalion Support Operations Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, Support Squadron Commander, and Sustainment Brigade Commander.

COL Donahue’s combat tours include a deployment to Jordan in 2003 as the Battalion S2/S3 with the 528th Special Operations Support Battalion (Airborne), a deployment to Iraq in 2009 as the Battalion Support Operations Officer with the 80th Ordnance Battalion (15th Sustainment Brigade) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and a deployment to Afghanistan in 2014 as the Squadron Commander for the Regimental Support Squadron, 3d Cavalry Regiment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Other significant assignments include selection as a Joint Chiefs of Staff Intern and assignment as a Deputy Legislative Assistant in the Office of the 16th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Strategic Planner in the Logistics Initiative Group and Chief of the Force Integration Division for the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff/G-4; Chief of the Logistics Division in the Force Development Directorate for the Army’s Deputy Chief of Staff/G-8; and Special Assistant to the 37th Chief of Staff of the Army and the 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

An honor graduate of the Quartermaster Basic Course and Combined Logistics Captain’s Career Course, COL Donahue is also a graduate of the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with one oak leaf cluster), the Bronze Star Medal (with one oak leaf cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with four oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Master Parachutist Badge, the Pathfinder Badge, the Parachute Rigger Badge, the Combat Action Badge, the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge and the Army Staff Badge.

This page was last updated on: June 10, 2020