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Commanding Officer, Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR) 234 Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey R. Demers
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LtCol Demers is the Commanding Officer, Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 234, Marine Aircraft Group 41, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Demers is from Flower Mound, Texas. He entered the service through the Platoon Leaders Class and was commissioned in June of 1988 after graduation from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Upon graduating from The Basic School, he proceeded to Naval Aviation Flight Training where he received his wings in September of 1991. 1stLt Demers was assigned to AV-8B Fleet Replacement Pilot training, VMAT-203, MAG-14, MCAS Cherry Point, NC.

 

After completion of AV-8B Fleet Replacement Training in September of 1992, 1stLt Demers was assigned to VMA-214, MAG-13, MCAS Yuma, AZ. While assigned to VMA-214, he held several billets that included Flight Duty Officer, Powerline Officer in Charge, and Quality Assurance Officer. During this period, 1stLt Demers was promoted to the rank of Captain at the beginning of 1993. In January of 1994, Captain Demers deployed with the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit Special Operations Capable attached to HMM-163(Reinforced). While serving aboard the USS Peleliu, Captain Demers participated in several Operations; Continued Hope (Somalia), Quick Draw (U.S. military withdrawal from Somalia), and Distant Runner (Rwanda NEO).

 

Upon returning from deployment to VMA-214, Captain Demers continued as the Quality Assurance Officer and gained more advanced qualifications as a Section and Division leader in the AV-8B. In May of 1995, Captain Demers moved over to MAG-14 Group Operations to be the Frag Officer and Assistant Operations Officer. During March of 1996, Captain Demers separated from Active Service and pursued civilian employment opportunities.

 

After being separated from the USMC for several years, Captain Demers was re-commissioned in 2006 and was selected to transition into the KC-130T. Upon completion on KC-130T Transition Training in October of 2007, Captain Demers was assigned to the Maintenance Department of VMGR-234 as the Airframes Officer. Captain Demers was selected and promoted to Major in May of 2009. Major Demers continued with VMGR-234 as the Assistant Maintenance Officer and then as the Maintenance Officer for his department head tour.

 

Towards the end of 2011, Major Demers deployed to support Operation Unified Protector, Libya, as the Maintenance Officer for the deployment. The detachment was re-missioned in November to support SPMAGTF 12.1 and Major Demers moved into the Operations Officer billet to plan and execute nation building missions throughout Africa. Returning to VMGR-234 in April 2012, Major Demers resumed duties as the Maintenance Officer. During May of 2014, Major Demers assumed the duties as the Executive Officer of VMGR-234. Major Demers deployed once again in September 2014 through December 2014 to Central Command in order to support SPMAGTF CR-CC 15.1. Major Demers was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in December of 2014. LtCol Demers completed the KC-130J Series Conversion course in April of 2015. LtCol Demers was selected for command of VMGR-234 and assumed the Commanding Officer duties on 21 May 2016.

 

LtCol Demers has completed USMC Command and Staff (Distance Education Program), Naval Aviation Maintenance Manager's Course, Naval Aviation Quality Assurance Admin. Course, and Amphibious Warfare School (DEP). LtCol Demers’ personal decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit awards.

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