André Deschamps (RCAF officer)

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Joseph Paul André Deschamps
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch  Royal Canadian Air Force
Years of service 1977-2012
Rank Lieutenant-General
Commands held 8 Wing Trenton
Royal Canadian Air Force
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Awards Commander of the Order of Military Merit
Canadian Forces Decoration

Lieutenant-General Joseph Paul André Deschamps, CMM, CD, usually André Deschamps or J P A Deschamps, was Chief of the Air Staff and then Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force between 2009 and 2012.

Career[edit]

Deschamps joined the Canadian Forces in 1977, and completed pilot training the following year. As a junior officer Deschamps carried out instructor duties on the Musketeer trainer. He later flew the CF-104 Starfighter in Europe during the Cold War.[1]

Deschamps became Commanding Officer of 8 Wing Trenton in 2004 and then commanded the Theatre Support Element (Camp Mirage) in support of Operation Athena in Afghanistan.[1] He was appointed Chief of Staff - Operations of Canadian Expeditionary Force Command in 2006, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff in June 2008[2] and Chief of the Air Staff in October 2009. It was during his tenure that Air Command was renamed the "Royal Canadian Air Force".[3]

References[edit]

Military offices
Preceded by
J D A Hincke
Assistant Chief of the Air Staff
2008-2009
Succeeded by
T J Lawson
Preceded by
A Watt
Chief of the Air Staff
(Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force from 2011)

2009-2012
Succeeded by
J Y Blondin