Frank Helmick, a 36-year U.S. Army veteran and retired lieutenant general, has joined Reston, Va.-based operations support provider SOS International as vice president of corporate strategy.
He joins the company nearly seven months after retiring from the Army, where he most recently served as commanding general of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, SOSi says.
In his new role, he will be responsible for leading planning and execution of the company’s growth strategy in the defense and national security sectors.
Helmick served three tours of duty in Iraq in positions such as assistant division commander of operations for the 101st Airborne Division in 2003 and 2004; commanding general of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq and NATO’s training mission; and as deputy commanding general for operations with U.S. forces there in 2011.
Helmick said he saw SOSi’s work on programs in Iraq during his service in the country.
While in the 101st Airborne division, he served as senior commander on the ground for the 2004 operation that killed two of Saddam Hussein’s sons, SOSi said.
As deputy commanding general, he was responsible for overseeing the drawdown and redeployment of U.S. combat forces as well as the transition to Iraqi sovereignty and State Department support.
His other military leadership responsibilities included service in the Pentagon’s Joint Staff intelligence director of the directorate of operations for combating terrorism.