Corporal Robert Mitchell
Corporal Robert Thomas James Mitchell enrolled in the Canadian Forces at Hamilton, Ontario in September 2001. During his military career, Corporal Mitchell was posted to several locations throughout Canada prior to joining The Royal Canadian Dragoons in Petawawa in January 2003.
He attended his training at Western Area Training Centre in Wainwright, Alberta, the Armour School in Oromocto, New Brunswick and prior to arriving at the Regiment, served with the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians) in Alberta. In August 2006, he deployed on his first operational tour to Afghanistan.
Born in Owen Sound, Ontario on 18 December 1973 and raised there, Corporal Mitchell is married to Leanne and they have three children. Completely devoted to his family, Corporal Mitchell often spoke of his family with great affection and pride.
Corporal Mitchell epitomized the best qualities of a soldier in all regards. He is remembered as a natural leader who loved the camaraderie of his profession. An extremely physically fit individual, he yearned for the competitive spirit associated with all fitness challenges, and made his mark in such arduous competitions as Petawawa's Ironman Competition and Edmonton's Mountain Man Competition.
His love for physical fitness also extended to his family members, where he often engaged with his children in family-level runs. Corporal Mitchell will be remembered for his determination, professionalism, and willingness to always exceed the standard.