By Sergeant. Clara Harty | 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Traditional military ceremonies and promotions take place almost every day in the military. A promotion to brigadier general, however, does not occur as often. The 4th Infantry Division had the privilege of promoting Col. James K. Dooghan, Deputy Maneuver Commander, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson, to Brigadier General on July 11, 2022.
“I think in general you should be able to look at a general officer and see something exceptional about them,” said Lt. Gen. James Rainey, deputy chief of staff for the U.S. Army for operations, plans and training. “Not good, not great, but excellent. He is all of those things. When I think of James, I believe he is an outstanding role model of the military profession.
Dooghan was born and raised on a coastal naval base in Japan where he lived until he was 18 years old. Later, he was commissioned as an armor officer at Portland State University in Oregon, where he was a distinguished military graduate.
“My dad said a few things before I ordered,” Dooghan said. “He said, ‘I’m sorry for your future NCOs, you’re going to be a handful. But if you listen to the good ones, you just might get away with it. These words rang true. Thanks to my God and all of you, I have been transformed into a better husband, brother, leader and subordinate.
Dooghan has been in the military for 29 years. He and his family have lived in 13 homes in numerous duty stations around the world, raised three young adults, three four-legged companions, and overcome many challenges along the way.
One of those challenges in his life and career included an emergency craniotomy during which Dooghan miraculously recovered in just five months. He now walks around with half a cerebellum so if he stutters, that’s why, he says.
Throughout his career, Dooghan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration-Marketing from Portland State University, a Masters from the Air Command and Staff College, a Masters of Arts and Military Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies (SAMS), and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College.
“To my family and friends at Mountain Post for three and a half years, you have been the best of our lives,” Dooghan said. “You represent the best work we have had in our career. We are looking for even more opportunities to give back where and when we can. God bless you, the army and the nation.