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MPA Alumnus Receives U.S. Army MacArthur Leadership Award

Capt. Samuel Mitchell ’13 MPA was one of 30 recipients selected out of nearly 100,000 U.S. Army Junior Officer/Warrant Officer nominees.

Capt. Samuel Mitchell '13 MPA (center) received the U.S. Army MacCarthur Leadership Award

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Capt. Samuel Mitchell ’13 MPA, currently serving with the U.S. Army, was selected as a recipient of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. He was one of 30 recipients selected out of nearly 100,000 U.S. Army Junior Officer/Warrant Officer nominees. The awards ceremony event was held June 21 at the Pentagon.

"Congratulations to Captain Samuel Mitchell for being among 30 junior offices to receive the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award,” said Catherine Wilson, PhD, associate professor and chair, Department of Public Administration. “This award is highly selective and recognizes junior officers who have exemplified MacArthur's ideals of duty, honor and country.  We are incredibly proud of Captain Mitchell and his unwavering commitment to public service."

Mitchell hails from Rockville, Md., and enlisted in the United States Army in June 2000. In April 2009, Mitchell was selected for Direct Commission into the United States Army Reserve. He graduated from Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course and went on to serve as All-Source Platoon Leader with the 321st MI BN in San Antonio. He then served on active duty status in support of Contingency Operations (CO-ADOS) for U.S. Central Command as a Physical Vulnerability Assessment Team Leader. In 2011, Mitchell deployed to Iraq where he served as Regional Team Chief, Joint Operations, USF-Iraq at Al Asad Airbase. Upon re-deployment, he became the Assistant S-2 for 470th MI BDE. He then transitioned to the Security Cooperation Division, U.S. Army South G-3. Mitchell was later nominated to serve as Assistant Professor of Military Science at Fresno State University, subsequently attending the Military Intelligence Captain’s Career Course at Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. In March 2017, Mitchell assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 301st Military Intelligence Battalion, Phoenix, where serves as Company Commander and Assistant S3 Operations Officer.

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