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Citadel News Service
14 Jan 2013

Class of ’07 graduate killed in action

Funeral service information updated:  The Wittman family extends an invitation to all friends to attend interment and the memorable full military funeral honors at 1 p.m., Feb. 8, at Arlington National Cemetery.  The motorcade will be located at Memorial Gate, Arlington National Cemetery at 12:30 p.m.

Army Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman, ’07, was killed Jan. 10 in Khogyani District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by small arms fire while on mounted patrol. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.

"I'll never forget Aaron's humor and optimism, even in the worst of situations," said Wesley Walker, ’07.

Wittman, 28, was the first U.S. casualty of 2013. A former member of Lima Company, Wittman is the 18th alumnus to die in action associated with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Wittman was on his second combat deployment and had previously been awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.

As a cadet Wittman was presented with the Marine Corps Association Award for high endeavor and superior accomplishment during four years of study at The Citadel. Wittman had a strong connection to The Citadel. His father Maj. Duane L. Wittman, USA, Ret., is a ’75 graduate. His brother Maj. Nicholas R. Wittman, USMC graduated in ’03. And his sister-in-law Rikki Felts Wittman, a Marine veteran who graduated in ’04.

“Aaron always liked having fun. He was a genuine person who got along with almost everyone. He always did what was asked of him and he always put his best effort forth,” said Lionel Grébert, ’07.

Citadel alumni serving in Afghanistan will be holding a memorial service for Wittman at Bagram Air Base.

As additional information becomes available, this site will be updated.

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