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Donna Feigley Barbisch
Barbisch as a major general, circa 2002
Born July 14, 1947(1947-07-14) (age 74)
Place of birth Dormont, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1967-2005
Rank Major General
Unit United States Army Nurse Corps
Commands held 350th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Expert Field Medical Badge
Defense Superior Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Other work Disaster preparedness consultant

Donna Feigley Barbisch (born July 14, 1947) is a retired United States Army officer. A veteran of the Vietnam War, she attained the rank of major general. Barbisch specialized in anti-terrorism preparedness for the Army Reserve while working full-time for the United States Department of State. As a government civilian, she trained both military and civilian government agencies in providing medical support in the wake of terrorist attacks.

Early life and start of career[edit | edit source]

Barbisch was born in Dormont, Pennsylvania on July 14, 1947, a daughter of David A. Feigley and Jean (Bower) Feigley.[1][2][3] She graduated from Chartiers Valley High School[1] in 1965[4] and attended the Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in Wilkinsburg.[1]

In 1967, Barbisch enlisted in the United States Army and enrolled in a nurse's training program.[1] Two years later, she was assigned to the 91st Evacuation Hospital at Chu Lai Base Area in South Vietnam, where she served for a year.[1]

Education[edit | edit source]

Barbisch completed a bachelor's degree in anesthesia and education from California University of Pennsylvania.[1] She later obtained a master's degree in public health administration from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.[1] In addition, she holds a doctorate in health administration and leadership from the Medical University of South Carolina.[1] Her military education includes the Army Medical Department's Command and General Staff Officer Course and the United States Army War College.[5]

Continued service[edit | edit source]

Barbish presents plaque to FEMA Director Joe Allbaugh to commemorate FEMA's assistance with the Pentagon's post-September 11, 2001 terrorist attack recovery.

After her Vietnam service, Barbisch continued her military career on active duty and as a member of the United States Army Reserve.[1] She commanded 350th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital in Greenville, North Carolina[5] and was Director of Reserve Component Integration Studies at the Army War College's Department of Command, Leadership, and Management.[6] Barbisch later served as the 3rd Medical Command's deputy commander for clinical support, and she was promoted to brigadier general in 1998.[5]

Barbisch wrote her 1999 doctoral dissertation on chemical, biological and nuclear attacks which centered on four domestic terrorism events.[1] When the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 took place she was in Ankara, Turkey for her civilian employment, briefing State Department personnel on government response in following a terrorist attack.[1]

In 2002, Barbisch was promoted to major general.[7] Among her assignments at this rank were military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs).[7] She retired in 2005, and her awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Expert Field Medical Badge.[6]

Later career[edit | edit source]

After retiring, Barbisch served as a member of the board of directors for the Army Women's Foundation.[8] She was also president of Global Deterrence Alternatives, a consulting business that provided advice and guidance on deterring terrorism and building capacity in order to respond to disasters.[8] Barbisch was a distinguished fellow and affiliate faculty member at George Mason University's Center for Critical Infrastructure.[8] She also served on the editorial advisory board of the American Medical Association's journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.[8]

Family[edit | edit source]

Barbisch is the mother of two daughters, Rebecca and Patricia, both of whom pursued careers as engineers.[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Tinsley, M. Ferguson (March 4, 2002). "Newsmaker: Donna Feigley Barbisch; Setting goals leads to success in military". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh, PA. http://old.post-gazette.com/localnews/20020304newsmakerreg4p4.asp. 
  2. "Obituaries: David A. Feigley". The Pittsburgh Press. Pittsburgh, PA. July 18, 1956. p. 28. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/64846684/david-feigley/. 
  3. "Obituary, Jean Bower Feigley". Falls Church, VA: Advent Funeral and Cremation Services. October 6, 2019. https://adventfuneral.com/tribute/details/175764/Jean-Feigley/obituary.html. 
  4. "Registered Graduates: Donna Feigley Barbisch, Chartiers Valley High Class of 1965". Chesterfield, MO. http://chartiersvalleyhighschool.org/alumni/5667289/donna-barbisch.html. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Everage, Renea (Summer 1998). "New Stars: Barbisch". Washington, DC: United States Army Reserve. p. 42. https://books.google.com/books?id=TMRlhOBSH-sC&pg=RA4-PA42&lpg=RA4-PA42&dq. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Military Leaders Standing Up for Servicewomen In Support of Shaheen Amendment". ACLU.org. New York, NY. November 29, 2011. https://www.aclu.org/other/military-leaders-standing-servicewomen-support-shaheen-amendment. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Newhouse, Maggi (January 18, 2002). "Scott native is 1st nurse with rank". TribLive.com. Tarentum, PA. https://archive.triblive.com/news/scott-native-is-1st-nurse-with-rank/. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 "Army Women's Foundation Hall of Fame Ceremony and Summit Participant Biographies: Maj. Gen. Donna F. Barbisch, USA (Retired)". Ft. Lee, VA: Army Women's Foundation. 2014. p. 1. http://www.awfdn.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2014_Summit_Bios.pdf. 

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