BGen Descheneaux graduated from Norwich University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and was commissioned in 1987. Designated a Naval Aviator in 1990, he complete KC-130 training and served with VMGR-152 in Okinawa. In 1992 he transferred to VMGR-352 in El Toro, CA and deployed with Central Command (CENTCOM) to the Horn of Africa with Joint Task Force PROVIDE RELIEF. From 1992 through 1994, Capt Descheneaux planned and executed I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF), CENTCOM and United Nations (UNOSOM II) missions while supporting Somali Operations PROVIDE RELIEF, RESTORE HOPE, CONTINUE HOPE, and QUICK DRAW.
By mid-1994, civil war and genocide had erupted in Rwanda. As the operations officer of the 11th MEU(SOC)’s KC-130 Det, Capt Descheneaux helped coordinate and conduct the airfield seizure and subsequent non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) in Bujumbura, Burundi. There Capt Descheneaux and the Marines of Operation DISTANT RUNNER successfully evacuated the US Ambassador and over 240 American citizens caught in the bloody conflict.
In 1995 Capt Descheneaux was designated a Forward Air Controller and joined the 15th MEU(SOC) as the Assistant Air Officer. He deployed onboard USS PELELIU to again conduct exercises in the Far East and Operation SOUTHERN WATCH in the Middle East. Rejoining VMGR-352, he was promoted in 1997 and again deployed to Kuwait for Operation INFINITE SENTINAL. He transferred to VMGR-234 in Ft Worth, TX in 1998. By 1999 he was again forward deployed to Incerlik, Turkey with Combined Task Force NORTHERN WATCH as the operations officer of the combat search and rescue team. In 2002 he deployed with the 24th MEU(SOC)’s KC-130 Det to support NATO missions in Kosovo during Operation DYNAMIC RESPONSE.
Major Descheneaux deployed to the Middle East with VMGR-234 in support of Operations ENDURING/IRAQI FREEDOM in early 2003. He would go on to conduct extensive assault support missions in the drive to Baghdad. Promoted to lieutenant colonel that summer, he returned to the U.S. in September 2003. By the spring of 2004 LtCol Descheneaux was again in Iraq’s Al Anbar Province. There he served I MEF as the composite KC-130 Det Commander responsible for all KC-130 assault support missions in country through September 2004.
In July 2005 LtCol Descheneaux transferred to the U.S. Air War College. Upon graduation with academic achievement in 2006, he returned to Ft Worth as the Commanding Officer of MALS-41. In 2008, he transferred to II MEF in Camp Lejeune, NC and was promoted to colonel. As the II MEF Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations, Individual Mobilized Augment, he was directly involved with revitalizing forcible entry operations from the sea. In November 2010, he transferred to Willow Grove, PA to serve as the MAG-49 Deputy Group Commander.
BGen Descheneaux holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College of Missouri, a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the US Air War College, and is a graduate of the Joint and Combined Warfighting School. He has flown 319 combat missions in Iraq, Kosovo, Burundi and Somalia while accumulating over 3,400 mishap free flight hours in the KC-130, AH-1, UH-1, CH-46 and CH-53.