Aubrey F. Mitchell, III Aubrey F. Mitchell, III - Biography

Family

Aubrey is married to Amy (neƩ Mankin), a native of Alexandria, VA. He is the father of four grown daughters and grandfather to 13 grandchildren, including two who were adopted.

Humble Beginnings

Aubrey grew up in the Eastpoint section of Baltimore County where he graduated from Kenwood High School. He spent one year at Marshall University on a track scholarship before enlisting in the Navy during the Vietnam War. After graduating from boot camp at Great Lakes, he was assigned to the USS Franklin Roosevelt (CVA 42) as a machinist mate striker. Completing a tour on the mess decks as a mess cook, he changed his rating from Fireman to Seaman and began working in the Captain's office as a Yeoman, where he was promoted to Petty Officer Third Class.

Becoming an Officer

In 1970, Aburey transferred to the Polaris Missile Facility Atlantic in Charleston, SC, where he was promoted to Petty Officer Second Class and was selected for the Navy Enlisted Scientific Education Program (NESEP). He attended North Carolina State University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, he attended Officer Training School in Newport, RI, and was subsequently transferred to the USS Harry E. Yarnell (CG 17) as the Electrical Officer, where he qualified as a 1,200 psi Engineering Officer of the Watch in less than 6 months. He then applied for and was accepted to become a Naval Supply Corps officer and attended Supply Corps Officer training in Athens, GA, where he was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG).

His first tour of duty after school was as a Supply Department Inspector of Ships at Commander Naval Forces Atlantic. Then, he transferred to the USS El Paso (LKA 117) as the Department Head for the Supply Department and was promoted to Lieutenant (LT). While onboard the El Paso, he was deployed off the coast of Oman during the attempted rescue of hostages from Iran. He was selected for the Naval Acquisition Contracting Officer (NACO) program and was transferred to Naval Air Systems Command Headquarters in Washington, DC, where he was awarded a Naval Commendation Medal for his work on the first contract for what is now known as the V22 Osprey aircraft.

Earning an MBA from the University of Virginia

Upon completing the NACO program, Aubrey earned the Weapons Acquisition Systems Management subspecialty and became a Warranted Contracting Officer. The Navy selected him to attend the University of Virginia where he earned a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration.

After graduation, he was transferred to the USS Shenandoah (AD 44) as the Assistant Department Head, which was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea during the air attack on Libya.

His final tour of duty was at the Naval Air Station Norfolk as the Inventory Management Officer, where he served as the Contracting Officer for both appropriated and non-appropriated funds as well as a Magistrate at the Navy Brig.

A New Career

After retiring from the Navy, Aubrey joined Government Procurement Assistance, Inc., a government contracts consulting firm in Northern Virginia, where he wrote white papers on various questions posed by its clients. He left that position to return to Virginia Beach and take a position with CASDE, an 8(a) company, as Director of Subcontracts. He was subsequently hired as the Director of Contracts by Computer Dynamics, Inc., another 8(a) company, where he also served as the Program Manager for the Navy's Gold Disk program.

During this period, he volunteered with the Making A Difference Foundation as a tutor and served as its Chief Financial Officer. He continued to volunteer with this group until he left the Virginia Beach area 13 years later.

After a change of management at Computer Dynamics and the loss of its 8(a) status, Management Systems Applications, Inc., a woman-owned Native American corporation, hired Aubrey. As MSA downsized due to lack of contracts, he was hired by American's Computer Training Source (ACTS) as the Director of Contracts.

After a year at ACTS, Aubrey decided to start his own business, Beacon Technical Services, Inc. It operated an Internet cafe and provided IT services to the government and private companies. While running that business, he was approached by Infotec, Inc., a small IT business, to become its Vice President of Operations, responsible for administrative services, operations management, and contract administration.

Earning a Juris Doctorate at Regent University

When Infotec lost its proprietary rights to a circuit board it had procured, Aubrey decided to take the next logical step to expand his knowledge of contracts - getting his law degree. He was accepted at the Regent University Law School, where he earned a Juris Doctorate (JD) degree and passed the Virginia Bar on his first attempt in 2003. At this point, Aubrey moved to Northern Virginia and enrolled in the Contracts LLM at George Washington University. While attending GW, he was hired by Technology & Management Services, Inc. (TMS), as a senior manager, providing budget and contract consulting services to the Department of Homeland Security Infrastructure Protection Division.

When TMS was sold, he was hired by DynCorp International, LLC, where he was promoted to Vice President of Contracts for the DynLogistics Division.

Breaking Out on His Own

After six years with DynCorp, Aubrey decided to open his own law office. He is a sole practitioner, focusing on contract and family law.