Setting the Record Straight

High School Advisor - John G. "Jack" Heslin

NameJohn G. "Jack" Heslin
Selected High SchoolJames River High School
Military Career

LTC Heslin was born in 1943 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and attended high school at La Salle Academy. He graduated from Providence College in Providence, RI, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and was commissioned in the Regular Army, June 1965. He attended Infantry Officer Basic Course and Airborne Training at Fort Benning, Georgia, and was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division where he served as a platoon leader in the Dominican Republic and commander the rear detachment for 1st Battalion, 504th Infantry at Fort Bragg, NC

LTC Heslin attended Rotary Wing Flight School from October 1966 through June 1967. As an Army aviator, he was assigned to the 57th Assault Helicopter Company at Fort Bragg, NC and deployed with the unit to Vietnam in October 1967. Upon arrival in Vietnam, he was assigned to the 119th Assault Helicopter Company where he served as an assault helicopter platoon commander and operations officer.

Following completion of his first tour in Vietnam, Jack was assigned to the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Alabama, where he performed duties as a senior instructor for the Warrant Officer Career Course and commanded the 31st Enlisted Student Company. After completing the Infantry Officer Advanced Course as an honor graduate in July 1971, he attended Fixed Wing Transition Training enroute to his second tour in Vietnam. In Vietnam, he performed duties as the 52nd Combat Aviation Battalion S-3, operations officer, and Assistant S-3 for the 17th Combat Aviation Group during the period, December 1971 through December 1972.

Upon returning from Vietnam in December 1972, LTC Heslin enrolled in the University of Rhode Island as a Master's Degree candidate in the Department of Sociology. He received his Master's Degree and graduated with honors in 1974. He immediately assumed duties as an ROTC instructor at the University of Rhode Island where he served for a period of three years. In 1977, he was selected for attendance at the Naval War College Command and Staff Course and graduated with honors in June 1978.

After aviator refresher training at Fort Rucker, Alabama, Jack reported into the 3d Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 25th Infantry Division, HI, October 1978. He served as the 3d Squadron S-3 for one year and as commander of C Troop for one year before joining Headquarters Western Command as the Aviation Officer, DCSOPS, in December 1980.

Jack was assigned to Fort Lee, VA, in August 1981 as the Chief, Operations & Tactics Branch Chief, of the Unit Training Division, U.S. Army Logistics Center. He later served as the Division Chief for the Current Exercise Division and special projects officer before retiring on December 31, 1985.

LTC Heslin has been awarded the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Medal with V device and twenty four oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation (Army), National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Civilian Career

Jack is part of the Thinking Media team and the statewide representative in Virginia for KeyTrain --- a comprehensive, yet easy-to-use system for improving the basic skills measured by the WorkKeys Employment System.

Until August of 2002, Jack was the Coordinator for Workforce Development at John Tyler Community College (JTCC) Chester, Virginia, consistently one of the top WorkKeys Service Centers in the nation. Jack had been with the Virginia Community College System for the past fifteen years as a Sociology professor and an administrator at JTCC with the responsibility for apprenticeship programs and the operation of an Outreach Center at Fort Lee, VA. He has worked extensively with companies and secondary schools in the greater Richmond metropolitan area as they participated with John Tyler Community College in developing the workforce.

As part of Thinking Media he is the instate representative for KeyTrain in the state of Virginia in addition to aiding KeyTrain efforts in other states. He is available as a resource for the many clients in the state. KeyTrain continues to grow and is recognized as a curriculum that fully meets all ACT standards for quality for WorkKeys curriculum.

Mr. Heslin is a certified ACT WorkKeys profiler and is the Administrator for a WorkKeys Assessment Center through the Crater Regional Partnership. He has conducted over 40 job profiles and administered more than 8,600 WorkKeys assessments. He has made numerous presentations to area, state and national educators and business leaders on workforce development. He has appeared before several State level appropriations and finance committees. He holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island, and a BA from Providence College. Jack completed a 20-year military career as an Army aviator and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel. He has had several articles published in military journals. Jack is a member of the Chester Rotary Club, the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association VHPA and the Distinguished Flying Cross Society.