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MSL selects Heltzel as 2009 distinguished alum

l-r: Heather Ellis and John Heltzel

EKU's Department of Military Science and Leadership is pleased to announce that Brigadier General John W. Heltzel has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2009.

General Heltzel was honored during a presentation on Friday, April 3, 2009, at the annual College of Business and Technology Professional Skills Conference senior recognition luncheon.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

General Heltzel earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Military Science and was commissioned through the EKU Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1979, selecting a commission in the Field Artillery.  He later completed his Masters of Public Administration at Kentucky State University.

General Heltzel is the Deputy Commander, Kentucky National Guard and serves as the Joint Force Land Component Commander upon state activation. In his role as Deputy Commander, General Heltzel serves as an assistant and advisor to the Adjutant General of Kentucky.  He is directly responsible for the Joint Force Headquarters contingency planning and execution when called to federal active service or for extended state active duty.

General Heltzel is responsible for providing direction to all elements of the Kentucky Army National Guard for developing and executing concepts, policies, plans and programs in the preparation for and execution of assigned and inferred missions.  While serving as the Deputy Commander, General Heltzel works to balance the requirements of readiness, modernization, structure and sustainment to ensure the effectiveness of the Kentucky National Guard.

During peacetime, General Heltzel assumes the role of chief trainer for the Joint Force Headquarters to ensure operational readiness upon activation and mobilization. He also represents the Adjutant General when requested and performs other duties in direct support of the Adjutant General.

He was selected in 2001 for the Army War College Senior Fellowship Program at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Boston.  General Heltzel earned the Department of Defense, Chief Information Officer Certificate in 2002 from the National Defense University at Fort McNair, Washington, District of Columbia.

Congratulations, General Heltzel, on being selected as the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus representing the Department of Military Science and Leadership.

The college also honored distinguished seniors for the year as selected by their respective departments within the College of Business and Technology. Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Heather Ellis was selected as the MSL departmental distinguished senior.  In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2008-09 academic year were recognized. Students were honored for outstanding achievement and more than 40 area employers were on hand to engage in networking activities with college graduating seniors.

Published on April 03, 2009

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