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.


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]


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

Succeeded by
J Y Blondin