Sgt. Aaron X. Whittman of Chester, Virginia was killed in Khogyani District in Afghanistan. The twenty-eight year old soldier was on his second deployment to the nation. Sgt. Whittman was the twelfth person to died from Chester in both the Iraq and Afghanistan military operations. His older brother Nicholas is an officer in the Marine Corps. His Sister Amber served in the Navy.
The young soldier loved to paint, wrestle and surf fishing.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch wrote about Whittman:
"Sgt. Aaron X. Wittman lived life his way, on his terms.
When he decided to pursue something, he went after it head on, often accompanied by an infectious smile and optimistic personality, both of which were contagious, according to friends and family.
If a situation was tense, Wittman knew how to lighten it. It wasn’t that he took the circumstances lightly, but he knew what to say or could crack a joke that put those around him at ease.
“One thing I always liked about Aaron, he was always one to bring a smile to people’s faces when the situation was a little tough, a little frustrating,” said Rusty Beckner, Wittman’s classmate at L.C. Bird High School in Chesterfield County."