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Dexter Mitchell

Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Dexter Mitchell held many positions in the Air Force including aircraft maintainer, first sergeant, senior noncommissioned officer academy instructor, maintenance chief and command chief. Mitchell said his experience as a first sergeant helped him most while he was active duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrea C. Posey)

Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Dexter Mitchell held many positions in the Air Force including aircraft maintainer, first sergeant, senior noncommissioned officer academy instructor, maintenance chief and command chief. Mitchell said his experience as a first sergeant helped him most while he was active duty. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Andrea C. Posey)

Chief Master Sgt. (Ret.) Dexter Mitchell was introduced to the Air Force on a 50 dollar bet to pass the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test. After winning the bet, he told a recruiter he would take any job that would guarantee him an overseas assignment. 

Mitchell held many positions in the Air Force including aircraft maintainer, first sergeant, senior noncommissioned officer academy instructor, maintenance chief and command chief. Mitchell said his experience as a first sergeant helped him most while he was active duty. 

During his career, his favorite assignment was in the United Kingdom because of the culture and the opportunity to experience Scotland, one of his favorite places in the world. Mitchell retired in 2012 after 30 years of service. After retiring, he traveled across the United States for a year with his wife, Kathryn.  

Mitchell currently works at the Hurlburt Field, Fla. Airman and Family Readiness Center as a community readiness specialist. He assists Airmen transitioning out of the Air Force. Mitchell said although the Air Force changed him in a million ways, the biggest impact from his time in service was learning to appreciate how much people matter. He believes taking care of people is an essential part of being an Airman and feels the most satisfied when people thank him for helping them.