Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick, Commanding General, XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, addressed a crowd of close to 100 students, faculty and community members at Ursinus College on March 1. The lecture in Musser Auditorium in Pfahler Hall centered on the general’s assignments in Iraq during and after the Iraq War. Lt. Gen. Helmick was introduced by his daughter, Jane, a senior communications major at Ursinus.
With a Power Point display and personal account of his experiences, Lt. Gen. Helmick shared a comprehensive view of the strategies that worked in Iraq as well as those that failed. He offered a question and answer period after the talk that lasted close to 30 minutes. At the close of his presentation, Lt. Gen. Helmick presented Ambassador Joseph Melrose, professor of International Relations, with the Commander’s Coin. A unit commander can give the coin in recognition of some service at his/her discretion.
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.