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Ryan James Mitchell

Date of birth: October 16, 1980
Home of record: Edgewood Washington

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Bronze Star

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Executive Order 11046, 24 August 1962, takes pleasure in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" to Sergeant Ryan James Mitchell, United States Army, for valorous achievement as a vehicle commander for First Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, Mosul, Iraq, on 3 December 2004 during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM III. Sergeant Mitchell's heroic actions contributed to the overwhelming success of the command's mission. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon him, Multi-National Force Northwest, and the United States Army. NARRATIVE TO ACCOMPANY AWARD: Sergeant Ryan J. Mitchell, United States Army, heroically distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous conduct in the face of the enemy of the United States as Vehicle Commander, 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (SBCT), Mosul, Iraq, on 3 December 2004, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. On 3 December 2004, while conducting a movement to contact along MSR Tampa in Mosul, Iraq, 1st Platoon, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, came under heavy small arms and PRG fire from both sides of MSR Tampa, as well as two hits from roadside bombs. Once the initial contact started Sergeant Mitchell immediately began suppressing the enemy with his MK-19 Automatic Grenade Launcher, as well as calling out targets to the platoon sergeant and M-240B gun team, which was on his Stryker. With complete disregard to the high volume of small arms fire that was impacting onto the Stryker, Sergeant Mitchell climbed on top of his Stryker on five different occasions to reload and correct malfunctions despite orders from his squad leader to stay inside of the vehicle. His actions resulted in suppressing the enemy and killing numerous AIF in Mosul, Iraq. After firing approximately one hundred rounds from his MK-19 Automatic Grenade Launcher, the weapon seized up to the point that the malfunction could not be corrected. Sergeant Mitchell then proceeded to stand up out of his hatch and begin suppressing the enemy with his M-4 Carbine. By doing this he was able to keep up a high volume of accurate fire on the enemy with complete disregard for his own personal safety and volume of enemy fire that was impacting his vehicle in Mosul, Iraq. His actions that day were a perfect example of personal bravery and selfless service. There is no doubt that his actions that day saved the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military heroism and reflect distinct credit upon himself, this Command, and the United States Army.

Action Date: December 3, 2004

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 24th Infantry Regiment

Division: 25th Infantry Division

Army Commendation Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The Secretary of the Army of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Army Commendation Medal to Specialist Ryan James Mitchell, United States Army, for commendable service while assigned as a Team Leader. Specialist Mitchell's vast knowledge of light infantry operations in combination with a dynamic teaching style and dedication to training have significantly improved the squad and platoon's readiness. His actions represent the traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, the 3d Brigade Combat Team "Broncos", the 25th Infantry Division (Light) and the United States Army.

Action Date: January 13, 2000 - January 12, 2003

Service: Army

Rank: Specialist

Company: Company C

Battalion: 2d Battalion

Regiment: 27th Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade

Division: 25th Infantry Division

Army Commendation Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The Secretary of the Army of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Army Commendation Medal to Sergeant Ryan J. Mitchell, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance as a Vehicle Commander and EMT qualified soldier during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 07-09. Sergeant Mitchell's willingness to serve directly contributed to saving the life of another soldier. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, Iron Company, 3d Squadron (Wolfpack), 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons) and the United States Army.

General Orders: Permanent Order # 106-04 (April 14, 2008)

Action Date: October 5, 2007

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company I, 3d Squadron

Regiment: 2d Cavalry Stryker Regiment

Army Commendation Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The Secretary of the Army of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Army Commendation Medal to Sergeant Ryan James Mitchell, United States Army, for meritorious service while assigned in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sergeant Mitchell's outstanding performance, tireless work ethic, and attention to detail have proven to be an essential part in the success of the mission. His actions reflect great credit upon himself, Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (SBCT), and the United States Army.

Action Date: October 10, 2004 - October 1, 2005

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 24th Infantry Regiment

Army Commendation Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The Secretary of the Army of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Army Commendation Medal to Sergeant Ryan James Mitchell, United States Army, for meritorious service while serving during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 07-09. Sergeant Mitchell's hard work, dedication, attention to detail, and selfless service greatly contributed to the successful accomplishment of the unit's mission. His actions reflect great credit upon himself, Iron Company, 3d Squadron (Wolfpack), 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons), and the United States Army.

Action Date: August 14, 2007 - November 7, 2008

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company I, 3d Squadron

Regiment: 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment

Army Commendation Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The Secretary of the Army of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting a Fourth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fifth Award of the Army Commendation Medal to Sergeant Ryan James Mitchell, United States Army, for meritorious service while assigned as a Vehicle Commander. Sergeant Mitchell's hard work, dedication, attention to detail, and selfless service greatly contributed to the successful accomplishment of the unit's mission. His actions are in keeping with the finest traditions of military service and reflect distinct credit upon himself, Iron Company, 3d Squadron (Wolfpack), 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment (Dragoons), and the United States Army.

Action Date: March 5, 2003 - February 8, 2009

Service: Army

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company I, 3d Squadron

Regiment: 2d Stryker Cavalry Regiment