General Officer Biography



Brigadier General Edith P. Mitchell is the Missouri National Guard's assistant adjutant General-Air, also serving as deputy commander, Missouri Joint Force Headquarters, located in Jefferson City. She is responsible for exercising command and control over all assigned, attached or operationally aligned forces within the Missouri National Guard, and ensuring trained and equipped forces are ready to support federal, state, and homeland defense missions.

General Mitchell entered the Air Force in 1973 while attending medical school at the Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, and began her military career by receiving a commission through the Health Professions Scholarship Program. She was graduated in 1974 in the Accelerated Graduation Program and entered active duty in 1978 after completion of her residency in Internal Medicine at Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn. She completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Georgetown University. General Mitchell is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Prior to assuming her current position, she served as the state air surgeon of Missouri and director of diversity, Headquarters Missouri Air National Guard.


1969 Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry, Tennessee
State University, Nashville
1974 Doctor of medicine degree, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond
1995 Air War College, by correspondence


1. March 1978 - June 1979, internist, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
2. June 1979 - July 1981, student - fellowship oncology, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, (Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio)
3. July 1981 - June 1982, hematologist, Andrews Air Force Base, Md.
4. June 1982 - September 1984, oncologist, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.
5. October 1984 - January 1987, internist, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.
6. February 1987 - September 1991, physician, 131st Tactical Hospital, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Mo.
7. September 1991 - October 1995, commander, 131st Medical Squadron, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Mo.
8. October 1995 - December 2000, state air surgeon, Headquarters Missouri Air National Guard, Jefferson City, Mo.
9. December 2000 - March 2004, Air National Guard assistant to the command surgeon, Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
10. March 2004 - Present, assistant adjutant general-Air also serving as deputy commander, Missouri, Joint Force Headquarters, Jefferson City, Mo.O


Rating: Senior Flight Surgeon
Flight Hours: More than 100
Aircraft Flown: F-15, C-130, C-21


Legion of Merit, First Oak Leaf Cluster
Meritorious Service Medal with 1 device
Air Force Commendation Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with 1 device
Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, with 1 device
National Defense Service Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award with 4 devices
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Missouri National Guard Conspicuous Service Medal
Missouri National Guard Commendation Ribbon
Missouri National Guard Long Service Ribbon for 15 years
Missouri National Guard Recruiting and Retention Ribbon


Clinical professor of medicine and program leader, Gastrointestinal Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pa.


Alliance of Air National Guard Flight Surgeons
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
American College of Physicians
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Medical Association
National Medical Association
Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group
National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project
Radiation Therapy Oncology Group
Philadelphia Society of Medicine
Medical Society of Eastern Pennsylvania
Keystone State medical Society
National Guard Association
National Guard Association of Missouri
Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces
Air National Guard Human Resources Quality Board


Awarded the Philadelphia Woman of Distinction for 2002
Awarded the Outstanding Alumnus, Tennessee State University for 2002
Air National Guard representative to the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS)
Medical representative to the Air National Guard Air Directorate Field Advisory Council
Malcolm Grow Award for Excellence in Research - Society of Air Force Physicians
Vance Marchbanks Award for Excellence in Aerospace Medicine - National Medical Association
Humanitarian Award for Medicine in Underserved Populations - Missouri Legislature
Fellowship. American College of Physicians
National Cancer Institute Review Panel
Cancer Investigations Review Committee
Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society
Sigma Xi Honor Society
Outstanding Teaching Award, Meharry Medical College
Outstanding Faculty Award, University of Missouri
Twenty-one Cancer Research and Principal Investigator Awards
Consultant in Internal Medicine and Oncology, Air Force Surgeon General
National Cancer Institute Central Investigational Review Board


She has authored or co-authored more than 100 articles, book chapters and abstracts on cancer treatment, prevention and cancer control.


Second Lieutenant Mar 3, 1973
Captain May 19, 1974
Major Nov 18, 1979
Lieutenant Colonel Oct 6, 1987
Colonel Dec 7, 1991
Brigadier General Mar 30, 2001



(Current as of December 2004)


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