Major General John Macdonald (US Army Retired) completed 33 years of service to the Nation retiring on 31 AUG 2012. During his time in the Army, he served 17 years outside of the US. He led troops in combat in Grenada, Saudi Arabia and Iraq and most recently in Afghanistan. An attack helicopter aviator he served 5 years in the 82nd Airborne Division and 18th Airborne Corps, 10 years along the Demilitarized Zone in Korea, and 6 years in Germany before, during and after the fall of the Iron Curtain. His last tour of duty was in Korea as the CJ3 Operations Officer for a Four Star, United Nations, Combined and Joint command where he is credited with significantly advancing the ROK US warfighting capability with creative exercises, tough negotiations and great team work in tense crisis situations; north Korean sinking of the ROKS Cheonan and loss of 46 ROK sailors, north Korean shelling of Y-P Do killing four South Koreans and launch of nK failed satellite attempt.
MG Macdonald is now an independent consultant, focusing on War Gaming for DoD and other Government Agencies, has provided motivational talks for Jiatong University, Gannett news, Air War College and others. He is active in assisting both Korean War veterans and soon Vietnam Veterans by providing a commemorative book to show sponsor's appreciation for veteran's sacrifices.
He is a Master Aviator, Master Parachutist and Ranger Qualified. He was awarded 2 Distinguished Service Medals and 38 other military decorations.
John has served as a member of 5 boards associated with the Army and DoD.
John graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1979. He holds a Master of Science in Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island.
He is most happily married to BG (Ret) Anne Macdonald. They live in Alexandria, VA from which they travel, ski and powerboat.