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Colonel Gerald “Gyro” Donohue is the Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. As the installation commander, Colonel Donohue leads the "Home of C-130 Combat Airlift." He works in concert with the 314th Airlift Wing (AETC), 189th Airlift Wing (ANG), 913th Airlift Group (AFRC) and the 29th Weapons Squadron (ACC) in all aspects of C-130 training. As commander, Colonel Donohue is responsible for organizing, training and equipping the personnel who operate, maintain and sustain more than 65 C-130 aircraft. The wing provides combat ready forces to meet combatant commanders' requirements globally. He ensures support for combat, contingency, and humanitarian requirements while providing for the health and welfare of more than 10,000 personnel and families at Little Rock AFB.

Colonel 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 as a C-9A Instructor Pilot with the 75th Airlift Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He then transitioned to the C-130, first with the 36th Airlift Squadron, Yokota Air Base, Japan, and later with the 39th Airlift Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. In 2004, Colonel Donohue graduated from the C-130 Weapons Instructor Course. After completing the U.S. Army Command and General Staff Officer Course, he served as the Chief, Lessons Learned Branch, U.S. Special Operations Command. From 2011 to 2012, Colonel Donohue commanded the 386th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron, Southwest Asia. In his role as commander, he led a team of Airmen and contractors providing operations and airfield support for assigned and transient Airmen and aircraft prosecuting Operations NEW DAWN and ENDURING FREEDOM. Upon completion of the command tour, he assumed responsibilities as the Deputy Commander for Operations, 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas where he was responsible for the organization, training and equipping of two airlift squadrons and an operations support squadron.

Prior to his current assignment, Colonel Donohue was the commander, 86th Operations Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, where he commanded the largest and busiest C-130 and operational support aircraft squadrons in the Air Force.

Colonel Donohue is a command pilot who has more than 500 combat and combat support hours in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM, and NEW DAWN.

1995 Bachelor of Science in Psychology, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
2000 Squadron Officer School, Air University, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2006 Air Command and Staff College (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 (Correspondence)
2015 Master of Arts, National Security and Strategic Studies, U.S. Naval War College, Newport, R.I.

1. 1996-1997, Student, Joint Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training, Vance AFB, Okla.
2. 1997-2000, C-9A Instructor Pilot, Executive Officer, Training Officer, 75 AS, Ramstein AB, Germany
3. 2001-2002, C-130E Aircraft Commander, Executive Officer, 374 OG, Yokota AB, Japan
4. 2002-2002, C-130E Instructor Pilot, Chief of Training, 36 AS, Yokota AB, Japan
5. 2002 2003, C-130E Instructor Pilot, Executive Officer, 374 AW, Yokota AB, Japan
6. 2004-2004, Student, C-130 Weapons Instructor Course, 29 WPS, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
7. 2004-2006, C-130H Instructor Pilot, Chief, Weapons & Tactics, 317 OSS, Dyess AFB, Texas
8. 2006-2007, C-130H Evaluator Pilot, Chief, Standardization & Evaluation, 39 AS, Dyess AFB, Texas
9. 2007-2008, Student, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
10. 2008-2011, Chief, Lessons Learned, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, Fla.
11. 2011-2012, Commander, 386th Expeditionary Operations Squadron, Southwest Asia
12. 2012-2013, Deputy Commander for Operations, 317th Airlift Group, Dyess AFB, Texas
13. 2013-2014, Executive Officer to the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
14. 2014-2015, Student, U.S. Naval War College, Naval Station Newport, R.I.
15. 2015-2017, Commander, 86th Operations Group, Ramstein AB, Germany
16. 2017-Present, Commander, 19th Airlift Wing, Little Rock AFB, Ark.

Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours: More than 4,000 hours
Aircraft flown: C-130E/H, C-130J, C9A

Bronze Star Medal
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf cluster
Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters

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

(Current as of June 2017)