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Brig. Gen. Gerald “Gyro” A. Donohue is the Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. This composite wing includes strike, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, mobility, aeromedical evacuation, and command and control assets, which support operations Inherent Resolve, Freedom’s Sentinel and Deliberate Resolve. The wing provides support to more than 7,800 Air Force, joint and coalition forces.
Brig. Gen. Donohue entered the Air Force in 1995 after graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy. Upon completing pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, he served first in the C-9A community before transitioning to the C-130. In 2004, Brig. Gen. Donohue graduated from the C-130 Weapons Instructor Course. During his Air Force career, he has served in a variety of staff assignments at the major command, combatant command, and Headquarters Air Force level and had the privilege to command at the squadron, group and wing level.
Brig. Gen. Donohue is a command pilot with more than 4,400 hours including more than 500 combat and combat support hours. Prior to his current position, he was the Chief Innovation Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration, and Requirements, Headquarters Air Force, Arlington Virginia.
1995 Bachelor of Science, Psychology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
2006 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2007 Master of Business Administration, Touro University International, Calif.
2008 U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer’s Course, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2009 Joint PME Phase II, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk Naval Station, Va.
2010 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala., by correspondence
2015 Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
2016 Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2019 Driving Government Performance Leadership Strategies, Harvard University, Boston, Mass.
2020 Leading Strategically, Center for Creative Leadership, Colorado Springs, Colo.
2020 National and International Security Leadership Seminar, Washington, D.C
2021 Combined Forces Air Component Commander Course, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2021 CAPSTONE, General and Flag Officer Course, National Defense University, Washington, D.C.
1996–1997, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance Air Force Base, Okla.
1997–2000, C-9A Instructor Pilot, Executive Officer, Training Officer, 75th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
2000–2001, C-130E Aircraft Commander, Executive Officer, 374th Operations Group, Yokota AB, Japan
2001–2003, C-130E Instructor Pilot, Chief of Training, Wing Executive Officer, 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota AB, Japan
2004–2004, Student, C-130 Weapons Instructor Course, 29th Weapons Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
2004–2006, C-130H Instructor Pilot, Chief, Weapons and Tactics, 317th Operations Support Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
2006–2007, C-130H Evaluator Pilot, Chief, Standardization and Evaluation, 39th Airlift Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas
2007–2008, Student, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
2008–2011, Chief, Lessons Learned, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
2011–2012, Commander, 386th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, Southwest Asia
2012–2013, Deputy Commander for Operations, 317th Airlift Group, Dyess AFB, Texas
2013–2014, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
2014–2015, Student, U.S. Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, R.I.
2015–2017, Commander, 86th Operations Group, Ramstein AB, Germany
2017–2019, Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
2019–2021, Chief Innovation Officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration, and Requirements, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
2021–present, Commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Udeid AB, Qatar
SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS
2008-2011, Chief, Lessons Learned, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
Rating: command pilot
Flight hours: more than 4,400 hours
Aircraft flown: KC-135R, C-130J, C-130E/H and C-9A
MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster
Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters
EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant May 31, 1995
First Lieutenant May 31, 1997
Captain May 31, 1999
Major July 1, 2005
Lieutenant Colonel June 1, 2010
Colonel August 1, 2015
Brigadier General May 2, 2021
(Current as of June 2021)