Wrangler continues to put his best foot forward
July 24, 2011
He’s competed in four Soldier competitions of this kind since joining the 4th Sustainment Brigade, 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, in late 2009. To him they’re just building blocks.
“You’re pushed to put your best foot forward, harden your skills, and act on those skills,” Mitchell said. “It shows character.”
The San Antonio, Texas, native has served his country for over five-years, with previous time spent in Germany.
Since becoming part of the Wrangler brigade, Mitchell has won both the Soldier of the Quarter and Soldier of the Year competitions. Months prior to deployment in support of Operation New Dawn, he again shined by placing second place in the 3rd Corps Soldier of the Year competition.
“I missed winning by one point,” he said.
Mitchell refers more to the test and answers these events provide rather than wins and losses.
“I use these competitions to see how far I’ve come since joining the Army. To see what I’m capable of and understand what it takes in a real situation,” he said.
While gauging his capacity for himself is vital, Mitchell also takes pride in proving to others the same.
“As a [human resource specialist], we aren’t always able to show our abilities. We can get down and dirty too,” he said.
His hard work and desire to succeed in competitions have caught his leadership’s eye.
Working as the brigade’s command assistant, his command sergeant major and veteran colonel have known he has a bright future for some time.
“I’ve always been able to count on him,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Erik Frey, the Wrangler brigade’s senior enlisted advisor, and Killeen, Texas native. “His professionalism and can-do attitude is what has impressed me the most the last few years.”
Mitchell just recently reenlisted for an additional four more years of military service, which will take him to the half-way point towards retirement.
Mitchell will have the opportunity to lead soon; he’s already gained his promotable status towards becoming a sergeant. From there he wants to get to 10-years of Army service. At that point he figures there’s no reason to stop there.
“I can see myself making this a career,” he said. “The military is all about mental discipline. Everything I experience now I’m using to strengthen myself.”