Kevin M. Donegan

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Vice Admiral Kevin M. Donegan

Kevin M. Donegan (born 1958) is a former United States Navy vice admiral. He last served as the commander of the United States Fifth Fleet from September 3, 2015[1] to September 2017. Earlier in his career, Donegan was a United States Naval Aviator and had various command roles within both operating forces and the shore establishment.[2] He retired from the Navy on August 1, 2018.


Donegan received a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in 1980. He also attended United States Naval Test Pilot School, where he graduated as the outstanding student, the United States Navy Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor program, United States Navy Nuclear Power School, the USAF Air Command and Staff College, the Joint Forces Staff College, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Executive Education Program in National and International Security.[3]

2016 U.S-Iran naval incident[edit]

Donegan presided over the capture of 10 U.S. Navy sailors by Iran's revolutionary guards on January 12, 2016. These sailors were released in 15 hours without incident.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Naval Aviator Badge.jpg Naval Aviator insignia
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Staff Identification Badge
Gold star
Navy Distinguished Service Medal with one gold award star
Defense Superior Service Medal
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Legion of Merit with four award stars
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg1 golden star.svg Meritorious Service Medal with three award stars
Award numeral 1.png Air Medal with bronze Strike/Flight numeral "1"
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with award star
Gold star
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with award star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Joint Meritorious Unit Award with two bronze oak leaf clusters
Bronze star
Bronze star
Navy Unit Commendation with two bronze service stars
Bronze star
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation with service star
Navy "E" Ribbon with wreathed Battle E device
Navy Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with service star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Bronze star
Southwest Asia Service Medal with service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal
Bronze star
Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with service star
Bronze star
Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon with service star
The Khalifiyyeh Order of Bahrain, 1st class.png The Khalifyyeh Order of Bahrain, 1st class
United Nations Medal
NATO Medal for the former Yugoslavia
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) ribbon.svg Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
U.S. Navy Expert Pistol Shot Ribbon.svg Navy Expert Pistol Shot Medal


  1. ^ "Donegan takes command of 5th Fleet". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  2. ^ "Rear Adm. Kevin Donegan Nominated for Third Star, Command of 5th Fleet". USNI News. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  3. ^ " Leadership Biographies". Retrieved 2016-01-16.