Mark Helling

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Biographical Information for Master Chief Petty Officer Mark P. Helling, USNR, Ret.

Graduate of Irondale Senior High School in New Brighton Minnesota, 1972. Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) from University of Wisconsin-River Falls, 1976 and Master of Science Degree (MS) from Emporia State University of Kansas, 1977. Graduate of United States Navy Senior Enlisted Academy at Naval Station Newport, Rhode Island, Class NRC-08, 2005.

Family information includes marriage of 31 years to the former Kate L. Johnson of Golden Valley, Minnesota with three children; Erik, Sean and Claire and black lab Heidi . Residence is in rural Kinnickinnic Township, Wisconsin.

Military background includes enlistment in the United States Navy with Navy Intelligence Reserve Region-Midwest of Minneapolis Minnesota in 1988. Mobilized in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom (ONE/OEF) with the Northeast Field Office of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Naval Station Newport, RI from November 2001 through May 2002. Mobilized in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom (OEF/OIF) with United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), MacDill AFB Tampa Florida and United States Central Command Combined Forward Headquarters, Camp Asaliyah, Doha Qatar from March 2003 through August 2004. Mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) with Provincial Reconstruction Team-Asadabad in Afghanistan from January 2006 through July 2007. Mobilized as the Command Individual Augmentee Coordinator (CIAC) Action Officer at United States Fleet Forces Command at Naval Support Activity-Norfolk, VA from September 2011 to September 2012.

Military awards include Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Navy Commendation Medal with Gold Star, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Two Gold Stars, Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation with Four Oak Leaves, US Coast Guard Meritorious Commendation Ribbon, Navy Battle “E” Ribbon, Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal with Six Bronze Stars, National Defense Medal with Two Bronze Stars, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Two Campaign Stars, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forced Reserve Medal with “M” Device, NATO Medal, Expert Rifleman Medal and Expert Pistol Shot Medal.

Master Chief Helling also completed tours as a defense contractor in Baghdad, Iraq in 2009 and Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010.

Volunteer work includes National President for Phi Sigma Phi National Fraternity from 1996-2000, co-founder and National Executive Director for Phoenix Seven Foundation from 2000-2012 and Advisory Councilor for Phi Sigma Phi National Fraternity from 2000 to present and re-elected National Vice President in 2012. Member of American Legion Post 121 and Life Member of Navy Enlisted Reserve Association. Other interests include hunting, fishing, camping and all vigorous outdoor activities.

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