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.
"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.
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