A decorated 28-year-old Army sergeant from Chester died in Afghanistan on Thursday when his unit was attacked, an Army spokesman said.
Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman was patrolling by vehicle when he was shot and killed by small-arms fire, said Kevin M. Larson of the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia.
Wittman, a graduate of The Citadel, was in his second deployment in Afghanistan and had previously been awarded the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals, Larson said Friday.
Wittman died in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team and 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Stewart.
His brother, Nick Wittman, 31, of Quantico, said Aaron Wittman “was a guy who got along with everybody.”
“He just lived every minute of his life. He loved fishing. He loved crabbing,” Nick Wittman said, adding that the sergeant was very outgoing and had many friends.
His brother said Aaron Wittman was passionate about his military service and adamant that the soldiers he oversaw received top-notch training and preparation.
“I’m proud of him, and I’m proud of his service,” Nick Wittman said.
Larson said he was unable to provide specifics about the combat encounter.
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