BGen Descheneaux graduated from Norwich University with a degree in electrical engineering and was commissioned into the Marine Corps in 1987. He first trained to fly KC-130 refueling aircraft and served with numerous Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadrons. He was the assistant air officer/forward air controller with 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) on board the USS Peleliu; the Commanding Officer of Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 41; the II Marine Expeditionary Force Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations (Individual Mobilized Augment); and Deputy Commander of Marine Aircraft Group 49. As a general officer, he served at Headquarters, Marine Corps as the Assistant Deputy Commandant for Aviation (Mobilization) from 2013-2016.
During his career, he has engaged in Joint, Combined, NATO, and UN missions around the globe, including Central Command assault support missions during the First and Second Gulf Wars. He executed extensive United Nations joint famine relief missions in Somalia during the civil war of the 1990s. He served in the NATO peace keeping mission in Kosovo in 1998 in and combat search and rescue missions with Combined Task Force Northern Watch in Turkey. In addition, he participated in the non-combatant evacuation of the U.S. ambassador and over 240 American citizens from Rwandan genocide in Bujumbura, Burundi.
BGen Descheneaux has studied at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, National Defense University, Air University, Marine Corps University, and the Army War College. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business from Columbia College of Missouri, a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air War College and is a graduate of the Joint Forces Staff College. He has flown over 300 combat missions while accumulating over 3,700 military flight hours.
His retirement ceremony and reception will be held at Norwich on September 4th, featuring a historical display of artifacts from Norwich Marines of the past.