VT graduate dies in US Navy training incident

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A U.S. Navy sailor who graduated from Virginia Tech has died after a small boat training incident Sunday.

The U.S. Navy said the 23-year-old from Feasterville, Pennsylvania was evaluated at a hospital in Jordan where she died.

Mitchell earned a degree in biochemistry and minors in chemistry and leadership studies. In Fall of 2016 she commanded the corps’ Alpha Company.

Virginia Tech released the following statement:

“The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and its alumni and friends, mourn the loss of Ensign Sarah Mitchell, Class of 2017,” said Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart, the commandant of cadets. “Her tragic passing in the line of duty reminds us all of the amazing young men and women who choose to wear the cloth of our nation’s military. 

As a cadet, Ensign Mitchell epitomized the university’s motto, Ut Prosim, That I May Serve, in so many ways. 

From her first year as a new cadet, she showed the traits of leadership by showing concern for her fellow cadets and ultimately rose to command one of our companies during her senior year. I know that I speak on behalf of the entire community in offering our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Sarah, her family, and friends. We are all better for having known her.”

A post on social media from Corps of Cadets at Virginia Tech said Ensing Sarah Mitchell graduated with the class of 2017.

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