Brigadier General Patrick J. Donahue graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) and was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Regular Army in 1980. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Ranger School, Air Command and Staff College, and the United States Army War College. He was an Olmsted Scholar and studied at the University of Innsbruck, Austria. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from USMA, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the Army War College.
Brigadier General Donahue commanded airborne and air assault infantry units at the company, battalion, and brigade levels. His service as a staff officer includes tours at the battalion, brigade, division, corps, HQDA, and combatant commander levels. After serving as the 2nd Infantry Division G3, he became the Commander Operations Group B, Battle Command Training Program, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, led the Army’s prewar mission rehearsal exercises, and then became attached to V Corps as Chief of Future Operations for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I. Departing Baghdad in May 2003, Brigadier General Donahue took command in June 2003 of Coalition Task Force Devil (1st Brigade 82d Airborne Division) in Kandahar, Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF III). He later deployed the brigade to Iraq in January 2004 and once again to OEF VI in 2005-2006 where he commanded Regional Command East and conducted counterinsurgency operations out of Khowst, Afghanistan.
After Brigade Command, Brigadier General Donahue served as the executive officer to the Secretary of the Army and Vice Chief of Staff Army from 2006-2008. On 18 August 2008, Brigadier General Donahue assumed duty as the Deputy Commanding General-Maneuver, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Brigadier General Donahue is a master parachutist and has earned the combat and expert infantryman badges, Ranger tab, and Air Assault badge. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), the Bronze Star (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Commendation Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Oversees Service Medal (3 Oak Leaf Clusters).