Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, will speak at Ursinus College March 1, at 7 p.m. in Musser Auditorium in Pfahler Hall. The talk is open to the public.
Lt. Gen. Helmick assumed command of the XVIII Airborne Corps in Nov. 2009. Most recently, Lt. Gen. Helmick led the Corps Headquarters to Iraq in support of Operation NEW DAWN as part of the United States Forces – Iraq from January to December 2011 where he served as the Deputy Commander for Operations.
Lt. Gen. Helmick has held numerous command and senior staff positions. He has commanded and served in many units in both operational and training Commands: Commander, 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.; Commander, Ranger Training Brigade, Fort Benning, Ga.; Assistant Division Commander, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Fort Campbell, Ky.; Commander, Southern European Task Force (Airborne) Vicenza, Italy; Commander, Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq along with the NATO Training Mission – Iraq from July 2008 to October 2009.
His staff assignments include service in the 82nd Airborne Division, the Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he served as the Senior Military Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
Lt. Gen. Helmick has attended a variety of military schools including the U. S. Military Academy, Infantry Officer Basic Course, the Armor Officer Advanced Course, the Naval Postgraduate School, the United States Armed Forces Staff Course at the Armed Forces Staff College, and the United States Army War College.
His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, and the NATO Medal.He has been awarded the Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Ranger Tab, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.
Lt. Gen. Helmick is married to Melissa and they have two daughters. Jane is a senior at Ursinus College and Christina is a junior at Baylor University.