Member of the Regiment biography for
(Ret.) Robert J. Donahue (1993)
LTG (Ret.) Robert Donahue served the Signal
Regiment more than 35 years. His last assignment before retirement was deputy director
general of NATOs Communications and Information Systems Agency in Brussels, Belgium.
LTG Donahue climbed the ladder of success all the way he began his military career
as an enlisted man. He was commissioned in the infantry, then had assignments in the
intelligence field, but was transferred to the Signal Corps and became commander of 270th
Signal Company at Fort Ord, Calif. Later, as senior adviser to the chief signal officer,
Imperial Iranian Army, he assisted in establishing the J-6 office in the Military
Assistance Advisory Group, serving as the first director and senior adviser to the J-6
supreme commanders staff.
Other assignments included inspector general, 1st Signal
Brigade, Vietnam; commander, U.S. Army Signal Group, Italy; principal staff officer, U.S.
Army Strategic Communications Command-Europe, Germany; commander, U.S. Army Communications
Command, Japan; and deputy commander, U.S. Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, Ga. Staff
positions included chief, Joint Actions Control Office, office of the assistant chief of
staff for communications and electronics; assistant director, telecommunications, command
and control, office of the deputy chief of staff for operations and plans; director, joint
tactical communications program he was instrumental in transitioning that office to
the Joint Tactical Communications Agency; and deputy assistant chief of staff for
information management, Army headquarters, Washington, D.C.
LTG Donahues awards and decorations include the
Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two
oak-leaf clusters, Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal with oak-leaf cluster. He was
inducted as a Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment in 1993, along with his
appointment as Honorary Colonel of the Regiment.
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Regimental Special Projects Officer
Donahue, circa 1991.