Donna Welch

Military Professor Joint Military Operations Department
Lt. Col., U.S. Army
Donna Welch faculty photo


Lt. Col. Welch joined the Joint Military Operations Department in July 2021 after completing battalion command, Defense Logistics Agency Energy (Europe and Africa), Kaiserslautern, Germany. She served in a variety of organizations including the U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. She served combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. She holds two bachelors’ and four masters’ degrees including a Master of Military Art and Science from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and a Master of Science in supply chain management and logistics from the University of Kansas.

Areas of Expertise

  • Africa
  • China
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Europe
  • Joint Operations
  • Koreas
  • Military Planning

Professional Highlights


Military Professor, Joint Military Operations, U.S. Naval War College


Commander, Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Kaiserslautern, Germany

Managed bulk fuel distribution and storage in Europe and Africa in support of all services, DoD, the Interagency and NATO.

Chief, Readiness Operations, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Directed the NGA effort to support C_VEO National Intelligence Support Plan.

Army Interagency Fellow to U.S. Agency for International Development

Managed the Kenya and East Africa Regional portfolios within the Office of East Africa Affairs.

CJ4 Future Plans Chief

Developed sustainment plans for future expeditionary Train, Advise and Assist missions, Resolute Support Contingencies and Afghan National Defense Security Forces’ sustainment support operations.


M.M.A.S., U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Theater Operations (China)

M.S.B., Kansas University, Supply Chain Management & Logistics

M.Div., Regent University, Religious Theology

B.S., U.S. Military Academy, Systems Engineering, Portuguese and Spanish

Awards and Decorations

Bronze Star

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Two Medals

Meritorious Service Medal
Four Medals

Joint Service Commendation Medal

Airborne Badge

Parachute Rigger Badge

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