FORT LEWIS, Wash. — Family, friends, Soldiers and the Fort Lewis community will remember Pfc. Aaron J. Ward, in a memorial ceremony to be held Wednesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. in the North Fort Chapel.
According to the Department of Defense, Ward, 19, of San Jacinto, Calif., died May 6 of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by small arms fire during a cordon and search operation in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Ward was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, which is part of the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade. The company deployed to Iraq in May, 2007.
According to unit records, Ward enlisted April 17, 2007 at San Diego, Calif. He reported to Fort Leonard Wood for initial entry training on July 18, 2007.
Upon graduation, he reported to Fort Lewis on Jan. 1, 2008, where he was assigned to the 170th Military Police Co. He was posthumously promoted to his present rank from his previously held rank of Private.