my unit was deployed to Desert Storm.
I was with a Patriot missile battery.
I was a launcher platoon leader and
a tactical control officer. We were
deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.
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championship. I can’t control that,
but hopefully it’ll happen one day,
and I would love to be in the stands
We were fortunate that we never had any
hostile fire sent our way. Interestingly,
though, one day we did have an issue
with the system in one of my launchers.
We sent a missile up into the sky right
when an awful lot of U.S. Air Force planes
were in the air. Fortunately, nothing
happened, but we didn’t make a lot of
friends with the Air Force that day.
I hope to ride in a bike ride called the
Hotter’N Hell Hundred within the next
year or two. It’s a 100-mile ride that’s
held every year in Wichita Falls, Texas,
on the last Saturday in August—hence
the name “Hotter’N Hell.” It’s pretty hot,
pretty difficult, and I figure if you can do
that, you can pretty much do anything.
After the war, I was ready to go home,
but my unit stuck around. The Kurdish
refugees started pouring out of Iraq into
Turkey when Saddam was persecuting
them. My unit packed pallets of food,
medicine, and supplies for the Kurds that
were then air-dropped to the refugees.
People might be surprised to know that
I’m a member of the VFW (Veterans
of Foreign Wars), and I sit on the
Foundation board. I think a lot of
people think of the VFW as small post
cantinas in little rural towns, and there’s
a lot of that. But I think what people
are surprised to learn is how active
the VFW is politically in providing
services to our vets and really being
there for our veterans when they
come home from some very difficult
times in Afghanistan and Iraq.
I grew up traveling the world, and I kind
of would like to, when I retire, finish up
my life traveling the world. Hopefully
I can retire early enough, and my wife
and I can travel and see some places
we haven’t had the opportunity to see.
After Desert Storm was over and I came
back from the Kurdish relief effort, I
was still in the military in Germany.
The Army started downsizing quite a
bit, and promotions started slowing
down. Benefits were being cut. And I
thought, “Is this what I want to do for
the rest of my life?” I always thought
I’d be a career military officer, but I
thought, “No, I think it’s time for me to
get out. There are other things to do.”
Q What items are at the top of your personal “bucket list?”
MITCHELL One is I’m passionate
about Texas A&M, my alma mater,
and in Texas, college football is king,
so I’d like nothing more than to watch
the Texas Aggies play in the national
Maybe along the way, what I’d love
to do is swing through Vietnam and
maybe walk over some of the same
grounds where my father served. I
think that would be neat. Maybe there’s
a shopping center built there today,
or maybe it’s just overgrown jungle.
I really don’t know, but I really think
it would be kind of neat to go back
and retrace some of those steps. J
That’s actually some advice I received
from my father. He said, “Look, it’s
a great experience that you served.
But there are a lot of interesting, neat
things out here. Practicing law or doing
something in business can be just as
rewarding and can be just as complex
and challenging as a military career.”
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Q What are you passionate about outside of the office?
MITCHELL I’m an avid bike rider. Any
chance I get to get out on my bike and
go ride 50 miles on a Saturday, I take
advantage of that.
I’m passionate about my work for
veterans. Military’s been my life. It’s
in my blood. When I got out, I didn’t
want to stay in the National Guard or
anything like that, but I always wanted
to stay connected. That opportunity
came along as I was practicing law.
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