Captain Helland Retires After 30 Years of Service

CLEVELAND – Capt. Randolph C. Helland, of Amherst, Ohio, was recognized Friday for his outstanding 30-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard during a retirement ceremony here.

Helland is originally from Ellicott City, Md., a 1972 graduate of Mount Hebron High School, and a 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland.

Rear Adm. John E. Crowley, Jr., Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, presided over the ceremony and lauded Helland for his contributions and leadership to the Coast Guard, especially in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Region.

Helland worked to develop strong partnerships and a spirit of cooperation among a myriad of Great Lakes stakeholders including U.S. and Canadian governmental, environment, commercial and recreational organizations to ensure a safe and secure future for the regions’ maritime environment.

Crowley then presented Helland with the Legion of Merit, a military decoration awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services.

The Asst. Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, Michael Gardiner, presented Helland with the Canadian Coast Guard Commissioner’s Commendation, only the second time to be awarded to someone outside of the Canadian Coast Guard.

During his career, Helland’s duty stations included Washington, D.C.; Port Gloucester, N.J.; Houston; and Detroit; where he was Commanding Officer of the Marine Safety Unit from 1995-98. His last assignment was in Cleveland where he was the Chief of the Prevention Division for the Ninth Coast Guard District.

His wife, Deborah and children Christopher and Katie were in attendance and also recognized for their sacrifices.

Helland intends to retire to the Tampa, Fla. Area.

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