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Rear Admiral James A. Helis, 12th Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy

Dr. James A. Helis, Rear Admiral (United States), is the 12th Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. A 1979 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York and a decorated Afghanistan War veteran, Helis served 30 years with the US Army, before retiring therefrom at the rank of Colonel (United States) to be commissioned a United States Maritime Service Rear Admiral and appointed Superintendent of the United States Merchant Marine Academy by US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in 2012.[1] Helis served his last eight years with the U.S. Army as an academic, culminating in a position as Chair of the Department of National Security and Strategy at the United States Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Rear Admiral Helis obtained a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Military Affairs from the United States Army Command and General Staff College, School of Advanced Military Studies at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and a Doctor of Philosophy in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. An airborne United States Army Ranger, Helis was awarded the Army Master Parachutist Badge.[2][3] Helis and his wife Jan have two sons, Dr. Corbin Helis, a physician and West Point graduate, and Ian Helis.[4]

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  1. [1] United States Department of Transportation
  2. [2] United States Department of Transportation, United States Maritime Administration
  3. [3] Ariel Kaminer “New Hope for Turnaround at Troubled Service Academy”, Education, New York Times, August 30, 2012
  4. [4] USMMA ALUMNI Association and Foundation
Preceded by
Rear Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr., USN
Superintendent

US Merchant Marine Academy
2012-

Succeeded by
None

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