LtCol Jabari J. Reneau
Lieutenant Colonel Reneau attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in May 1996 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Upon graduation he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.
After completing The Basic School, Second Lieutenant Reneau reported to MATSG Pensacola, Florida for undergraduate Naval Flight Officer training. After completing flight training, First Lieutenant Reneau earned his wings in September 1998. He was then assigned to VMFAT-101 at MCAS Miramar, California for training in the F/A-18 Hornet.
First Lieutenant Reneau reported to MAG-31 at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina in December 1999 for duty with VMFA(AW)-533 where he served as the Embarkation Officer, Training Officer and Airframes Division Officer. In December 2000 he deployed with the Hawks to the Western Pacific in support of the Unit Deployment Program (UDP). Captain Reneau completed the Strike Fighter Tactics Instructor course (TOPGUN) in February 2002. In February 2003 he deployed with the Hawks to Al Jaber Air Base, Kuwait in support of Operations SOUTHERN WATCH and IRAQI FREEDOM.
In July 2003, Captain Reneau reported to MATSG Corpus Christi, Texas for undergraduate Naval Aviator training and subsequently transferred to NAS Kingsville, Texas for follow-on jet training, earning his wings in April 2005. He was then assigned to VFA-106 at NAS Oceana, Virginia for pilot training in the F/A-18.
Captain Reneau once again reported to MAG-31 in March 2006 for duty with VMFA(AW)-224 where he served as the Assistant Operations Officer, Assistant Logistics Officer, Logistics Officer and Aircraft Maintenance Officer. Major Reneau deployed with the Fightin’ Bengals to the Western Pacific in support of UDP in 2007 and again in 2009.
In June 2010 Major Reneau graduated from Air Command and Staff College, earning a Master of Military Arts and Science degree. He then transferred to Eglin AFB, Florida for a joint duty at Joint Fires Integration and Interoperability Team, Joint Forces Command (later restructured under The Joint Staff as the Joint Deployable Analysis Team), where he served as the Close Air Support Subject Matter Expert, Digitally-Aided Close Air Support Program Manager, Operations Branch Chief and Deputy Division Chief. In 2011, Major Reneau attended the Joint Forces Staff College, completing Joint Professional Military Education Phase II.
In March 2013, Lieutenant Colonel Reneau reported to MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina for duty with MWHS-2 where he served as Director Safety and Standardization; Director, Aviation Training System and Command Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. Lieutenant Colonel Reneau deployed with 2d MAW (Fwd) to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM 13.1 and 13.2, serving as the Current Operations Officer and the lead Tactical Air Command Center Senior Watch Officer. He deployed again in October 2014 to Moron Air Base, Spain as an augment UC-35 pilot in support of SPMAGTF- Crisis Response - Africa.
Lieutenant Colonel Reneau transferred to Marine Aircraft Group 12 in August 2015 where he has served as the Operations Officer.
Lieutenant Colonel Reneau has over 2,500 hours in the F/A-18. His personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device and gold star and the Strike/Flight Award Air Medal with Numeral 3.