PULLMAN, Wash. — U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Barbara Doornink received
Washington State University’s Alumni Achievement Award May 5, when she
returned to campus to participate in the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps
She was cited for “distinguished leadership and accomplishments as a
brigadier general in the U.S. Army, specializing in transportation and logistical
Doornink also will administer the oath of office Saturday to 21 cadets and
midshipmen from the Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC programs as part of the
university’s 8 a.m. commencement in Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum.
The Prosser native and Pullman High School graduate earned a degree in
political science from WSU in 1973. At WSU, she was a member of Alpha Delta
Pi sorority and president of Mortar Board, the senior scholastic and service
honorary. She also worked on a congressional campaign and as a state
Her father, Robert Doornink, is an associate professor of kinesiology and
leisure studies at WSU.
Gen. Doornink has been commander of the Defense Distribution Center at New
Cumberland, Pa., since 1998. Previously, she spent six months as deputy
commanding general, Stabilization Force Support Command, Zagreb, Croatia.
Earlier, she was chief of joint logistics operations in the U.S. European
Command Headquarters, Stuttgart, Germany. Her military background includes
assignments or commands at the U.S. Military Academy; Seoul, Korea; Fort
Eustis, Va.; Fort Lewis, Wash.; Kaiserslautern, Germany; and Fort Bragg, N.C.
She holds a master’s degree in information systems management from the
University of Southern California and is a graduate of the Transportation
Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff
School, the Command and General Staff College and the Industrial College of
the Armed Forces.
Her military awards include the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of
Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, five Meritorious Service
Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, three Army Achievement Medals,
the Parachutist Badge and the British Parachutist Badge.