Colonel Helen Stewart

Dean of Students

Colonel Helen Stewart is the Dean of Students, College of International Security Affairs (CISA), National Defense University (NDU). She is an Air Force officer with 22 years of experience in various command and staff positions. She commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps and has served her entire career as a Federal Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. In this capacity, she has commanded at the detachment and squadron levels, leading diverse criminal, fraud, and counterintelligence investigations. Prior to her time at National Defense University, she served as the Director of Staff to the Inspector General of the Air Force.


  • 2000 Bachelor of Arts in French, University of Louisville, Ky.
  • 2003 Master of Arts in Human Relations, University of Oklahoma, Okla.
  • 2007 Master of Arts in National Security Affairs/Sub-Saharan Africa, Naval Postgraduate School, Calif.
  • 2015 Master of Military Operational Art and Science, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
  • 2023 Master of Science in National Security and Resource Strategy, Eisenhower School, NDU, Washington D.C.

Major Awards and Decorations

  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters
  • Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters