Born in McKinney, Mitchell earned his commission as a distinguished graduate through ASU’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 847. He then completed pilot training at Sheppard AFB in Wichita Falls in 2006, and has since risen to senior pilot status with over 3,000 flight hours, primarily in the F-15E fighter jet. That includes over 360 combat hours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Middle East.
A fighter jet instructor pilot for much of his career, Mitchell has also served as a squadron executive officer, flight lead pilot, flight commander and operations supervisor, among other leadership positions, during his various assignments at Sheppard AFB, Laughlin AFB in Del Rio and Seymour Johnson AFB in North Carolina. He credits Det. 847 with giving him the tools for success.
“The ROTC program trains all cadets to live life by the Air Force core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do,” Mitchell said. “If one thinks about each, then acts on them, they will naturally rise to the top of any organization. ASU’s program allowed me to excel in the USAF aviation division.”
I remember being excited to talk with each Distinguished ROTC Alumnus…
Mitchell’s many honors and awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and Air-to-Air Top Gun Award. He currently serves in the Air Force Reserves as an instructor pilot at Laughlin AFB, and as a first officer with a major U.S. airline, flying the Boeing 737.
For his stellar career success and service to the nation, the ASU Alumni Association has named Mitchell its 2018 Distinguished ROTC Alumnus.
“I remember being excited to talk with each Distinguished ROTC Alumnus when I was a cadet,” Mitchell said. “Learning about their military adventures motivated me to pursue my dreams. It is surreal that I may have that impact on a young cadet during my Homecoming visit. I will do my best to bring honor to this recognition.”