Major Donahue was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in May of 2002 via the Platoon Leaders Course Program after graduation from Kansas State University with a BS in Print Journalism.
Following the Basic School 2ndLt Donahue attended basic and advanced flight training and was winged as a Naval Aviator in May of 2004. His first fleet assignment was to HMHT-302 in New River where he was designated a CH-53E Pilot.
1stLt Donahue reported to MAG-16 in February of 2005 where he was assigned to HMM-163 the “Evil Eyes” and the 13th MEU deploying in support of PACOM and OIF. Upon his return in 2006 he reported to HMH-465 “Warhorse” as scheduling officer. He deployed back to OIF in late 2006 earning his aircraft commander designation. In 2007 he assumed the role of the squadron Aviation Safety Officer and NATOPS Officer. In mid-July of 2008 Capt Donahue deployed in support of the 31st MEU and HMM-262 “The Flying Tigers” as a part of the HMH detachment to Okinawa Japan. Upon his return to HMH-465 he assumed the duties as the Squadron Director of Safety and Standardization.
Capt Donahue reported to NAS Corpus Christi, MATSG-22 and VT-27 “The Boomers” in 2009 for assignment as a primary flight instructor. While serving as a flight instructor Capt Donahue completed an Individual Augment assignment in 2010 to CENTOM HQ in Tampa Florida as a J3 Plans and COC Watch Officer. Upon return from the IA he assumed responsibility as the T-34 formation syllabus standardization officer. During his IP tour he accumulated 1200 instructor flight hours and served as On-Wing for 32 student naval aviators.
In 2013 he attended EWTGPAC for designation as a forward air controller in preparation for his assignment to 4th Marine Regiment “Shanghai” as the Air Officer in Okinawa Japan. Maj Donahue attended the Weapons and Tactics Instructor course in 2014 as part of the Air Officer Department syllabus and was designated a TACP Instructor and AOD WTI. During his tour with Shanghai he deployed in support of ITX 2-15, Talisman Sabre 13 and 15, Sang Young 16 and Koolendong 13 and 15.
Maj Donahue returned to MAG-16 at MCAS Miramar in 2016 and was assigned to HMH-465 as the Director of Safety and Standardization, deploying back to Okinawa as part of the CH-53E UPD. Upon return in 2017 Maj Donahue assumed the Executive Officer position at “Warhorse” till his reassignment as the MAG-16 H&S Squadron Commanding Officer in 2018. In April of 2019 Maj Donahue was selected as an Amphibious Liaison to the New Zealand Defense Force completing a 90 day exchange tour with the NZDF Navy, Air Force and Army.
In July 2019 he was assigned to MWSS-373 “The ACES” as the Operations Officer till his reassignment in June of 2020 as the ACES Executive Officer.
Major Donahue’s personal awards include the Air Medal with Strike flight Numeral 7, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with two gold stars, the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He has amassed over 2700 mishap free flight hours and holds multiple advanced flight leadership designations.