Maj. Gen. Christopher T. Donahue will be the 82nd Airborne Division's new commander, the Department of Defense announced last week.

With more than 18,000 paratroopers assigned to the airborne infantry division, it is one of Fort Bragg's largest units that is the command for three brigade combat teams, a sustainment brigade and a combat aviation brigade.

The 82nd Airborne Division specializes in joint forcible entry operations with a mission to deploy worldwide within 18 hours of notification.

Donahue is commander of the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense has not announced the next assignment for the 82nd Airborne Division's current commander, Maj. Gen. James Mingus, who has led the division since August 2018 and has served in the Army for more than 35 years.

The date of the command change also has not been announced.

Donahue, who commissioned into the Army from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1992, is no stranger to Fort Bragg.

He has served on Fort Bragg in various roles within the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, including being an assistant operations officer, squadron operations officer, squadron executive officer, troop commander, selection and training detachment commander, operations officer, squadron commander and deputy brigade commander, his biography states.

After attending Harvard University as an Army War College fellow, he returned to Fort Bragg and commanded a brigade within USASOC and has served as director of operations for the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command.

In other 82nd Airborne Division changes, Brig. Gen. David S. Doyle, deputy commanding general of support for the 82nd Airborne Division, will become commanding general of the Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

Brig. Gen. Frederick M. O'Donnell, deputy commanding general of operations for the division, will become deputy director for operations for the National Joint Operations Intelligence Center, Operations Team One and Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Defense has not announced replacements for Doyle or O'Donnell.

Other Fort Bragg leadership changes the Department of Defense announced last week include Brig. Gen. Mark H. Landes, commanding general, Security Force Assistance Command, who will become the commanding general, First Army Division East at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

The Department of Defense announced in March that Brig. Gen. Scott A. Jackson, commander of the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Benning, Georgia, will replace Landes.

Brig. Gen. Robert S. Cooley Jr., commander for the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, Staten Island, New York, will be the new chief of staff for the U.S. Army Reserve Command.

Cooley will replace Mag. Gen. Marion Garcia, who is retiring.


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