Late yesterday, the Department of Defense announced the death of a U.S. soldier who was killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan; the first U.S. casualty of 2013.
Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, of Chester, Va., died Jan. 10, 2013, in Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, from injuries sustained when his unit was attacked by small arms fire while on mounted patrol.
He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
A S.C. Citadel graduate, Sgt. Wittman was on his second combat deployment to Afghanistan. As published by TimesDispatch.com, Sgt. Wittman had previously been awarded a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart.
While his brother, Nick Wittman of Quantico, made a public statement, no specific funeral arrangements have been announced by the family.
For more information regarding Sgt. Wittman, including circumstances surrounding his commendations and awards, media sources may contact the Fort Stewart public affairs office at 912-210-9375, EST.
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