Susan Y. Desjardins

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Susan Y. Desjardins
Desjardins sy4.jpg
U.S. Air Force Photo
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1980-Present
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major General
Battles/wars Gulf War
Global War on Terror
Awards

Major General Susan Y. Desjardins is the Director, Plans and Policy (J5), Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.[1]

Military career[edit]

Desjardins graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1980. She holds a master's degree in industrial psychology from Louisiana Tech University, and a master's degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval Command and Staff College. She graduated from the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in 1997 and from the General Manager Program at the Harvard Business School, Harvard University in 2004.

Desjardins has held a variety of staff positions at the major command, Joint Staff and Headquarters U.S. Air Force levels, including deputy military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force. Her previous command positions have included the 23rd Commandant of the Air Force Academy and 1st female commandant, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 912th Air Refueling Squadron, Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota; the 60th Operations Group, Travis Air Force Base, California, and the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina. Desjardins is a command pilot with more than 3,800 flying hours in the KC-10, C-17, C-5 Galaxy, KC-135R, KC-135A and T-37.

Education[edit]

1980 Bachelor of Science degree in international affairs/political science, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado
1983 Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
1991 Master of Arts degree in industrial psychology and human relations, Louisiana Tech University
1993 Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies, Naval Command and Staff College, Naval War College, Newport, R.I.
1997 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2004 General Manager Program, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
2009 National Security Studies Program, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
2009 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Assignments[edit]

  1. July 1980 - August 1981, student, undergraduate pilot training, Laughlin AFB, Texas
  2. August 1981 - December 1981, KC-135A pilot training, Castle AFB, Calif.
  3. December 1981 - October 1985, KC-135A copilot, standardization and evaluation copilot, and aircraft commander, 911th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
  4. October 1985 - September 1988, KC-10 copilot and aircraft commander, 344th Air Refueling Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
  5. September 1988 - July 1991, KC-10 instructor and evaluator pilot, 2nd Air Refueling Squadron; later, executive officer, 2nd Bombardment Wing, Barksdale AFB, La.
  6. July 1991 - August 1992, KC-10 program element monitor, Directorate for Requirements and Test, Headquarters Strategic Air Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.
  7. August 1992 - July 1993, student, Naval Command and Staff College, Newport R.I.
  8. July 1993 - March 1994, tanker requirements staff officer, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  9. March 1994 - March 1995, member, Air Force Issues Team, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  10. March 1995 - July 1996, deputy military assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
  11. July 1996 - July 1997, student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  12. July 1997 - August 1999, Commander, 912th Air Refueling Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
  13. August 1999 - March 2002, strategic planner, later, Chief, Nuclear Treaties Branch, Directorate for Strategic Plans and Policy (J5), Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  14. March 2002 - August 2003, Commander, 60th Operations Group, Travis AFB, Calif.
  15. August 2003 - October 2004, executive officer to the Commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and the Commander, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
  16. October 2004 - November 2005, Commander, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, S.C.
  17. December 2005 - October 2008, Commandant of Cadets, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  18. October 2008 - January 2011, Deputy Director then Director of Strategic Plans, Requirements and Programs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
  19. January 2011 – present, Director of Plans and Policy (J5), U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt AFB, Neb.

Flight information[edit]

Rating: Command pilot
Flight hours: More than 3,800
Aircraft flown: KC-10, C-17, C-5, KC-135R, KC-135A and T-37

Awards and decorations[edit]

COMMAND PILOT WINGS.png US Air Force Command Pilot Badge
USA Parachutist.png Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Badge
Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with a pair of width-2 white stripes on the edges
Legion of Merit with bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Width-44 crimson ribbon with two width-8 white stripes at distance 4 from the edges.
Meritorious Service Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters
Aerial Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Commendation Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Combat Readiness Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Width=44 scarlet ribbon with a central width-4 golden yellow stripe, flanked by pairs of width-1 scarlet, white, Old Glory blue, and white stripes
National Defense Service Medal with bronze service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with three bronze service stars
Bronze star
Width-44 ribbon with the following stripes, arranged symmetrically from the edges to the center: width-2 black, width-4 chamois, width-2 Old Glory blue, width-2 white, width-2 Old Glory red, width-6 chamouis, width-3 myrtle green up to a central width-2 black stripe
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze service star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold frame
Silver oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Air Force Longevity Service Award with silver and bronze oak leaf cluster
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Effective dates of promotion[edit]

Promotions
Insignia Rank Date
US-O8 insignia.svg Major General September 10, 2009
US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General September 2, 2006
US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel April 1, 2000
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel December 1, 1996
US-O4 insignia.svg Major June 1, 1992
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain May 28, 1984
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant May 28, 1982
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant May 28, 1980

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Major General Susan Y. Desjardins". United States Air Force. Archived from the original on 2012-12-12. Retrieved 13 December 2010.