MAJ Roland McDonald

MAJ Roland McDonald

Dates of Service: Sep 1982 - Sep 2002
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  • 2LT Jul 82
  • 1LT Jan 84
  • CPT Jul 86
  • MAJ Sep 93
Commissioning Source:  ROTC, Jul 1982

Recent Activity  -


Have been in 48 countries of which some do not exist anymore and some I wish I have never been too. Have also been to 47 states. Family service goes back to American Revolution according to family bible. And just like LT Dan we have served in every war. Recent was grandfather in WWI, Father in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Me Cold war and Desert Storm, Daughter war on terror and her husband also.

Military Experiences

Jan 1992 - Sep 1992
Asst S-4/special assistant to BN Cmdr
Asst S-4/special Asst to Battalion Commander. In charge of BN Relocation from 3 different locations in FRG to Fort Gordon, GA. Did all investigations and reports of surveys to account for any and all missing items lost or miss placed during the move. Had decided to go off active duty and take the separation pay for the Voluntary Separation Pay for the Draw Down of the Army. Decision was made as I had been a kid when the peace dividend happened after Vietnam and saw what happened. I knew deployments would still be the same and we would have less personnel to man those deployments. Wife and I had our first child after Gulf war and wanted to be home. So left Active to IRR and IMA Did a 2 week IMA at CECOM HQ, Ft Monmouth, NJ.
Jun 1991 - Jan 1992
S-4 BSB, Pirmasens, FRG
In charge of 140 Civilians and 8 soldiers. Oversaw the facilities at Husterhoeh Kaserne, Pirmasens, FRG. Travel section, maintenance section that handled civilian vehicle inspections, 59th ORD BDE commander officers Bullet proof BMW and Mercedes. Was only loaned to be the S-4 till 63rd Signal Battalion relocated back from FRG to Fort Gordon.
May 1990 - Jun 1991
HHC Company Commander
HHC Commander at a remote site in Massweiler, FRG. In charge of 218 personnel. Responsible for their health and welfare. Deployed to Desert Shield/Storm from FRG shipping all vehicles by ship and flying by tactical aircraft to Theater of Operations. Supporting CENTCOM with the secure Message Switch for Hard Copy of authorization orders from president to Centcom commander. Signal PLt was Attached out to support other locations. Maintained and support Company personnel spread out from Central Saudi to Western Saudi to Kuwait and Iraq. Redeployed without loss of life or injury to new location in FRG.
Sep 1989 - May 1990
Installation Coordinator
Coordinated support for HHC and A Company, 63rd Signal Battalion located in a remote site in Massweiler, FRG. Oversaw the lounge, library barber shop. and a 20k Unit fund. Raised unit funds to provide for low cost trips for Soldiers. Such as 9 buses to Paris for 24 hours with soldiers and family members at an 8 dollar cost. Week long ski trip to Garmisch for only 50 dollars. Numerous other MWR trips and events.


(5 months)
Dec 1990 - Apr 1991
Southwest asia ribbon
Operation Desert Shield/Storm
HHC Company Commander, 63rd Signal BN. Deployed from Germany with 223 soldiers.

Military Credentials

Professional Development Schools

Jul 1986 - Sep 1986

Division/Corp Tactical Operations Course


Mar 1984

NBC Defense Certification

Jan 1983

Electronic Warfare certification

Additional Specialization(s)
Security Clearance
Top Secret/SCI or higher

Academic Degrees

Academic Degrees

1978 - 1982

North Georgia College & State University, Higher Education

Bachelors Degree, BBA - Accounting and Finance