Moffett Field was packed yesterday with local officials, military top brass, and the recipients of countless medals. They were there to honor Sergeant James Witkowski, better known as “Ski,” by dedicating a new $83 million Army Reserve Center to his memory.
On Oct. 26, 2005, Witkowski was on patrol in Iraq with his unit, when a group of insurgents attacked their vehicle. One of the insurgents tossed a grenade at the turret, but Witkowski absorbed the shock of the explosion and saved the lives of the other soldiers. He was awarded the silver star posthumously that November.
The 63d Regional Support Command Sgt. James Witkowski Armed Forces Reserve Center is intended to provide a variety of services to five units of the California National Guard and 23 Army reserve units.