Volkert Carolinas region senior vice president Louis L. Mitchell was recently promoted from Colonel to Brigadier General (BG) of the United States Army Reserve’s 412th Theater Engineer Command.
The promotion ceremony was held in West Columbia, South Carolina, on Friday, October 1. Several members of the Volkert family were in attendance to celebrate with Louis and his family.
“I was honored to attend Louis’ promotion ceremony last week,” says Volkert Chairman of the Board and CEO David Allsbrook. “He has served in the United States Army Reserve for 30 years and this promotion to Brigadier General was truly deserved. His commitment to our country and dedication to serving and educating others is evident. We are incredibly lucky to have Louis on the Volkert team.”
Edited excerpt from the event program (below):
In December 1991, BG Mitchell was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Clemson University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
After graduating from the Engineer Officer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he was assigned to the Echo Company 1st Bn / 321st Infantry Regt. BCT, Ft. Jackson, as a Training Officer, with subsequent assignments as an Executive Officer from 1992 to 1999 and then as Company Commander of Alpha Company 1 / 321st Inf. Regt. BCT from 1999 to 2001.
He continued to serve as an Assistant Operations Officer for the 1st / 108th Engineer TASS Bn from 2001 to 2004, then as an Assistant Professor of Military Science (APMS) at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from 2004 to 2006.
In April 2006, BG Mitchell was mobilized in support of The Global War on Terrorism and was assigned to the Iraqi Assistance Group (IAG) 3rd Division Military Transition Team under operational control of the 3rd Bn / 2nd Div. BCT. He returned to Army Reserve duty in September 2007 and resumed the duties of APMS at Johnson C. Smith University.
In January 2008, he transferred to the 108th Training Command (TC) and served as a Plans Officer in the G3. He then served as the Operations and Executive Officer for 3rd / 321st TSB 104th Division, Fort Jackson. In 2012, BG Mitchell became the Deputy Chief of Staff for the 108th TC. In 2013, he assumed command of the 2- 349th Regt. LSBN until May 2015.
In July 2015, BG Mitchell received a Permanent Change of Station to the U.S. Army War College, where he graduated with a master’s degree in strategic studies.
He was then appointed as the PACOM Team Chief for the 416th Contingency Response Unit. In August 2017, he assumed command of the 302nd Maneuver Enhancement BDE with national requirements for DOD Chemical, Biological Response. Most recently, BG Mitchell served as Assistant Chief of Staff G3 Chief of Operations for the 412th Theater Engineer Command.
BG Mitchell is a graduate of the Engineer Basic & Advance Courses, the Combined Arms Service Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and The Army War College.
He has several awards and decorations, highlighted by the Bronze Star Medal; Combat Action Badge; Meritorious Service Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; and the Iraqi Campaign Medal.
BG Mitchell worked for the North Carolina Department of Transportation for 29 years. His final position was as the Western Deputy Chief Engineer with geographic and supervisory responsibilities for Western North Carolina. He joined Volkert in January 2021 as the Carolinas region senior vice president and is responsible for the region’s marketing and operations efforts.
He is married to the former Karen Bomar of Columbia, South Carolina, and they have two children: Trey and Karina.