McDonough is managing director of programs and services for the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF).
Before joining the IVMF, he served as senior fellow for veterans affairs at the New York State Health Foundation and previously as president and CEO of Veterans Outreach Center Inc., located in Rochester, N.Y. The center is the nation’s oldest community-based non-profit for veterans and military families. McDonough is also a former director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs.
McDonough was commissioned as an air defense artillery officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, Class 1-82, on March 11, 1982. Following graduation, he attended the Air Defense Artillery Officer Basic Course, Improved Hawk Weapons Course and the Air Defense Command and Control Course at Fort Bliss, Texas. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army’s Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. His first assignment was as platoon leader, Battery C, 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fulda, Germany. Following a stint as brigade electronic counter-counter measures training officer, 10th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Darmstadt, Germany, he returned to Fort Bliss, to attend the Air Defense Artillery Officer Advance Course and PATRIOT Weapons Course. Upon graduation he returned to Germany and assumed command of Battery A, 4th Battalion, 3rd Air Defense Artillery, Giessen, where he commanded for 29 months. Following command, he was selected to participate in the Army’s Advanced Civil Schooling Program at Indiana State University where he earned an M.A. in communications.
Following graduate school, he was assigned as strategic planner in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs and then speechwriter to the Secretary of the Army, the Honorable Togo D. West, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. From 1995-1996 he served as battalion operations and later, executive officer,
for 1st Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Suwon, Republic of Korea. Following Korea, he reported to the Joint Staff, Operations Directorate, for three years.
McDonough was selected to command the 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment, Fort Bliss, where he commanded from 1999-2001. In 2001, he was selected to attend the Army War College, Centennial Class, in Carlisle, Pa. Following the Army War College, he was assigned to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, as professor of outreach at the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.
In 2003, McDonough deployed as G3, current operations officer, 32d Army Air and Missile Defense Command, Camp Doha, Kuwait, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Upon redeployment, he was assigned as Inspector General for New York State.
McDonough has received numerous awards and commendation for his service to including the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit Medal (w/1OLC), Defense Meritorious Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (w/2OLC), Joint Staff Commendation Medal (w/1OLC), Army Commendation Medal (w/5OLC), Joint Service Achievement Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Korean Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon (w/2OLC). During his service, he wore the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge, the Army Staff Identification Badge and Parachutist Badge.
Upon retirement from the Army following 26 years of service, McDonough became the director of the New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs. In that role, he was responsible for addressing the needs of nearly one million veterans and their families across the state of New York.
He is married to the former Barbara Schehr of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., together they have three children.