A graduate of the Summer Class of 2016 Dog Tag Fellowship Program, Fallon Mitchell is originally from Millen, Georgia and is the youngest of four siblings. She grew up with a family of Army Veterans started by her grandfather who served in WWII. In September 2002, Fallon enlisted in the Army National Guard at age 17. During her service she held three Military Occupational Specialists, was stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia and Fort Sam Houston, and served two combat tours to Iraq in support of OIF 05-06 and 10-11. Fallon’s last assignment was Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center, where she served as a Behavioral Health Non-Commissioned Officer. Fallon was medically retired in April 2016 after a total of 14 years both Active and National Guard time.
Facing the transition from an Army career to Civilian life, Fallon was blessed to be able to be selected into Dog Tag Inc. The program will provide her with hope, guidance to follow her dreams, and the necessary tools to be able to succeed in the civilian sector as a disabled veteran. After baking for the last two years, Fallon will follow her heart and attend Le’ Academie de Cuisine in January 2017 for Culinary Arts with a specialty in Pastry. Her ultimate goal is to open A Piece of Joy, a bakery in memory of her grandmother Mattie P. She is also working on a “Journey to Comfort,” a recipe and poetry book focused on her background of Georgia comfort food and the journey to a life outside of the Army. Currently she is attending Montgomery College with an overall goal to obtain her License Clinical Social Worker degree from University of Maryland Baltimore College.
Despite Fallon being medically retired, the Army has provided her with an abundance of perseverance, managerial knowledge, and the ability to adapt. She credits her success to her single mother Mary, disabled veteran uncle Ricky, Dr. Laurie Brown, and Metropolitan Community Church of Baltimore. Fallon’s overall goal is to be of service to not only veterans but also her community. Dog Tag, Inc. will be the gateway to ensure she succeeds in all her goals.
Since graduating from the Dog Tag Fellowship Program, Fallon has started a program in culinary arts in pursuit of her future business goals.