Heroic achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving As Assistant Team Leader, Scout Sniper Team, Company I, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Regimental Combat Team-7, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, from March to September 2006, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. During this period, Sergeant Wittwer executed his duties in an exemplary and highly professional manner. He expertly assisted with the employment of his team during over 40 combat surveillance missons, 100 combat patrols, and numerous cordon and search operations. His mastery of clandestine observation techniques gathered invaluable intelligence for the commander. On 29 August 2006, he skillfully and decisively engaged an Anti-Iraqi Force team that was conducting an ambush on a coalition force patrol. He successfully eliminated the insurgent fighters, significantly degrading the enemy’s overall capabilities and undoubtedly preventing future attacks on coalition forces. Sergeant Wittwer’s initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.