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US Army National Guardsman Gets Hero's Welcome

Sgt. First Class Frank Mitchell returned to the Bay Area in time for the holidays after a year deployment in Afghanistan.

Sgt. First Class Frank Mitchell of the US Army National Guard returned to Dublin in December after a one year deployment in Afghanistan.

According to Pat Frizzell, Chairwoman of the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group, Mitchell returned home to Dublin on Dec. 15.

While out to lunch with his family on Dec. 22, Mitchell was surprised with a motor escort from Warrior Watch Riders, given a hero's welcome of friends, family and supporters rallying around him along with a letter of thanks from Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne.

Frizzell wrote:

"The family went to lunch at BJ's and the motorcycle escort showed up there to surprise him."

Sherry Wiggens posted photos of the homecoming on the Pleasanton Military Families website. See the pictures of the homecoming event by clicking here.

The website reads:

We are so happy to welcome home Sgt. First Class Frank Mitchell who has recently returned home from his deployment in Afghanistan.

Frank graduated in 1988 from Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo and joined the Marine Corp shortly after graduation. While in the Corp he was a Heavy Equipment Operator with the 1st Bn 16th Reg Reserve Units in San Jose and Alameda.

He then made the career change in 2007 to join the US Army National Guard. He is with the 2668th Transportation Company based in Yuba City. During his deployment in Afghanistan he was convoy commander and based at fob Shindand AB (western Afghanistan).

NOTE FROM WIFE, ANNEMARIE:

One day during deployment I was cleaning house and found some of Franks old USMC paperwork -
Principles of Leadership
1. Be technically and tactically proficient.
2. Know your self and seek self improvement.
3. Know your Marines and look out for their welfare.
4. Keep your Marines informed.
5. Set the example.
6. Ensure the task is understood, supervised, supervised, and accomplished.
7. Develop your Marines as a team.
8. Make sound and timely decisions.
9. Developed a sense of responsibility in your Marines.
10. Employ your Marines in accordance with its capabilities.
11. Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.

This is Frank...this is who he is...this really is him.


Do you know Frank Mitchell? Give him a shout out in the comments section below.

Andrea January 04, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Libertus is the kid in first grade that made fart noises and said "pooh pooh" in class for attention. Don't try to reason with someone like him, just make your statement about giving the sargeant and his family their due! Pride and being positive are good things. Don't let the Libertus's of the world drag you into their negative little pit. Just like the little kid in school, he'll eventually catch on and learn to be nice to others. That's a buck seventy for you Libertus! Enjoy your day!
Shilo January 04, 2013 at 10:11 PM
I don't know but anyone willing to take a bullet and kill others for my protection- whether they are getting paid or not takes extreme bravery. I believe anyone stepping up to the plate is pretty heroic. Welcome home and may we bring everyone else home too!
libertus_rebelium January 04, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Let's have more parades for every cop that comes home after their shift too, then. I'm cool with that if it is our standard for heroism. we don't because it is a job, Mitchel was also doing his JOB. 126 deaths to on duty law enforcement, at home by other Americans... 314 servicemen and women for that same year (2012). Go ahead and make whatever snide remarks you want but these are facts. Definition of hero; 1.a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. If you see this defined in his bio, that is great, maybe my standards are higher. As for goose stepping with the rest of you, no thanks Andrea, my heroes are people that make the world better without compensation. Not a big chance I'll "come around". Thanks for filling my "begging" can with more attention, though. I'm happy for the Mitchell family that they have their member back unharmed but it still isn't heroic. Flame away, I'm off to the next topic, I made my point.
CGC VENTUROUS MOM January 04, 2013 at 11:48 PM
libertus_rebelium, I am going to pray for you very hard. I really feel extremely sorry for you. I pray that you let God into your heart, for you have shown that you are full of anger and judgment. SSGT. MITCHELL, WELCOME HOME, SIR. THANK YOU for your service, your courage, your honor, your loyalty, constantly laying your life on the line for our Country and our other serving Men and Women. for being an excellent husband and father and Faithful Servant of God Almighty and all his family, especially his parents and his just recently passed WWII father-in-law and mother-in-law. WELCOME HOME to your FANTASTIC WIFE and my friend A.M. - from POST 6298 LADIES AUX CGC VENTUROUS MOM
Mike Bernaud May 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM
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