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helman02.jpg (109412 bytes)Captain Jack E. Helmann was born and raised in Montana and graduated from Montana State College in 1960. He entered Officer Candidate School the same year and was commissioned as an Ensign in the USNR in December 1960.

His first duty was aboard USS Farrugut (DLG-6) as "odd jobs" officer and later ASW Officer. During this tour he was in Refresher Training in GTMO during the Bay of Pigs, although he did not participate directly in this venture. From Farragut he went to Destroyer School (Class 2) and upon graduation was assigned as Weapons Officer on USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938). Subsequent shipboard tours were all in DDGS: Weapons Officer on USS Waddell (DDG-24), which included eighteen months homeported in Yokosuka, Japan (read Vietnam); Executive Officer on USS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8); Chief Staff Officer for COMDESRON THIRTEEN (flagship USS Berkeley); and, Commanding Officer of USS Berkeley (DDG-15) from January 1977 to February 1979.

Captain Helmann's shore tours included assignment as a student at the US Naval Post Graduate School (masters degree in operations research) and the Command and Staff Course at the Naval War College. He served as a staff analyst for the Director ASW Programs (OP-95) and the Naval Material and Manpower Analysis Center, Pacific and finished his career as the TARTAR Program Manager in the Naval Sea Systems Command. He retired in July 1984.

After retirement he worked for Vitro Corporation in various positions associated with surface to air missile systems and retired from Vitro in 1994, although he still does some consulting work with DoD contractors.