After 22 years, LA Guard state chaplain retires

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- “I knew I was retired when Hurricane Laura was coming down the hatch and my wife said my mom wanted me to come spend the night with her,” Col. Jeffrey W. Mitchell said. “I said, ‘wow, I’m asleep at home during a hurricane!’”

Louisiana Army National Guardsman Chaplain Col. Jeffrey W. Mitchell, retired after more than 22 years of service on September 12.

During his time in LANG Mitchell was responsible for assisting to the spiritual and moral well-being of LANG members and their families. He performed religious rites, conducted worship services and provided confidential counseling, according to LANG.

Mitchell was deployed to Afghanistan in 2004 and Iraq in 2008. Overseas Mitchell participated in his commanders’ programs for operational stress control.

“He answered the call, because he knew his Soldiers needed his care,” said retired Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, former adjutant general of the LANG. “In between those deployments, all of us that live in Louisiana know we’ve been through a lot of hard times with catastrophic events. He [Mitchell] has always stepped forward and made sure he provided the care to the men and women of this organization and to their families in times of need.”

During an official retirement ceremony Mitchell received awards for the Legion of Merit, the National Guard Bureau Certificate of Service and the Minuteman Plaque.

Mitchell is a resident of Baton Rouge where he lives with his wife and has four children.

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