Mitch Utterback exudes a quiet, serious calm. With a strong voice, clear eyes and a sharp mind, he is instantly recognizable as someone you’d want around in a crisis. And while his strength and integrity are palpable, his seemingly endless capacity for compassion, humility, and humor are too.
Mitch set his sights high from the very beginning. As a young boy, he dreamt of being an astronaut or a soldier—and he made good on that goal. Mitch enlisted in the Army at 21, and while he humbly refers to himself as simply a veteran, the reality is that he served for more than 20 years, including as a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Special Forces.
Mitch has since retired from the military, and recently completed a Master’s degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, but he still considers himself a “veteran in transition”.
“I’ve learned that when you have a life where you’ve committed yourself to serving others, you just can’t stop because your job changes,” he says—and he doesn’t just talk the talk. Today, Mitch is part of a National Incident Management team that responds to natural disasters, helps veterans transition back to civilian life, and provides expert military analysis to national and local news organizations. He volunteers his time with animal rescue organizations and travels great distances to speak about his life and experiences.
“I’m retired from the military, but I’m not done serving yet. And that’s serving the cause of animals, veterans, people in need. So in my life now, I’m just out in the world, trying to leave every interaction that I have better than it was before I walked into it… leave every place I go a little better than I found it.”
It’s important to stay true to yourself… but it’s more important to keep making a contribution to the world. You have to find causes greater than yourself.
When we heard about Mitch’s lifelong commitment to serving others, we knew we wanted to help. And what better way to support someone who protects and serves than with advanced optic eyewear that protects and enhances your vision?
As a journalist, speaker, and volunteer, Mitch spends a significant amount of time on the road and in front of his computer—work that relies heavily on his vision. He wears multiple advanced optic technologies so he can enhance his vision while bettering the lives of others.
Even for long distances, Mitch prefers driving to flying.
“I have a car that runs, and our country has great highways,” he explains.
Mitch often opts to drive at night, when the roads are less crowded. And he doesn’t drive at night without his Night-Lite™ lenses, which help to filter out glare and soften harsh lights from oncoming headlights or signage.
“I wear these for hours at a time on a long road trip, I’m not as tired, because my eye strain isn’t as great. I can get more miles out of myself.”
Mitch wears sunglasses religiously, and since he was first introduced to Eagle Eyes, they have always been his first choice. For Mitch, what sets Eagle Eyes apart is our TriLenium™ technology, which blocks out 99.9% of harmful UV radiation.
“I notice a difference whenever I wear Eagle Eyes, especially the sun protection element. If it was good enough for men on the moon and astronauts walking around in space, it’s certainly good enough for me.”
The style doesn’t hurt, either.
“The glasses that I wear the most are my Magellans in gunmetal. I think those work best with my face—and a little bit of my vibe and my style.”
These days, Mitch is on the computer a fair amount.
As a journalist who provides military analysis and a member of a national incident management ream, Mitch spends a significant amount of time on the computer.
Just recently, Mitch finished his thesis and received a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Colorado Boulder. When he recently tried on our Ultralite® DT glasses, he was surprised by the difference the lenses made.
“I would have loved to have had these while I was working on my thesis—spending hours and hours on the computer can really strain your eyes, and these lenses significantly cut down on that strain.”
I’ve learned that when you have a life where you’ve committed yourself to serving others, you just can’t stop because your job changes.”
“I’m retired from the military, but I’m not done serving yet. And that’s serving the cause of animals, veterans, people in need. So in my life now, I’m just out in the world, trying to leave every interaction that I have better than it was before I walked into it… leave every place I go a little better than I found it. “
There are two charities that Mitch loyally supports: the Special Forces Charitable Trust, which provide comprehensive support and services to the U.S. Army Special Forces Community and their families, and the Best Friends Animal Society, the largest no-kill shelter in the country.