Brigadier General Anne Macdonald graduated from West Point in 1980 in the first gender-integrated class and subsequently served short of 31 years in the Army leading and building highly effective teams. BG Macdonald is a senior Army aviator qualified as a UH60 Blackhawk pilot, a paratrooper, and is air assault qualified. She served 4 years in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and 18th Airborne Corps, 7 years in the Republic of Korea, 2 1/2 years in Germany before, during, and after the fall of the Iron Curtain, and 6 years as a General Officer. She was the first active-duty, combat arms (aviator) female to be promoted to General Officer.
She commanded a General Support Aviation Battalion in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and was the first active-duty woman to command an Aviation Brigade in the Republic of Korea. She completed two combat tours, one in Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait, the other in Operation Enduring Freedom as the Deputy Commanding General for the NATO Training Mission (Police Development) in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Key assignments in the Army include serving as the Deputy Director of Operations, Military Command Center, Joint Chiefs of Staff, The Pentagon; Deputy Commanding General, 7th Infantry Division and Fort Carson, Colorado later designated Division West, First Army and Fort Carson; and Chief of Staff, United States Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia.
BG Macdonald holds a bachelor of science from the United States Military Academy and two master’s degrees; one in System’s Management from the University of Southern California and the other in Strategic Studies from the US Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama.
BG Macdonald retired from active duty in 2011 with multiple awards and distinctions. She has over 20 years of executive-level leadership experience and has developed and trained high-performing organizations and teams around the globe. She serves as a seminar facilitator with Door International and is a senior mentor for the U.S. Army.
She and her husband, MG John Macdonald, USA, Retired, reside in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.