Chester soldier, Sgt. Wittman, killed in combat in Afghanistan

The Department of Defense announced Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, 28, of Chester, a soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan died in the line of duty.

Sgt. Wittman, died January 10, in Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, 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 ID. An infantryman, Sgt. Wittman joined the Army in October 2008 and arrived at Fort Stewart in February 2012. This was his second deployment. His significant awards include the Purple Heart and Bronze Star medals.

According to reports he was a S. C. Citadel graduate.

Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan and the ensuing operation Iraqi Freedom, Chesterfield has now lost 12 of its sons. The Veterans Memorial wall at the Chesterfield courthouse contains plaques that memorialize three Marines, one Navy man, one member of the U.S. Air Force and six members of the Army who were lost in combat, now totaling 11. Sgt. Wittman is number 12

Sgt. Wittman was the son of Duane and Carol Wittman of Chester.

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