Aaron Howard graduated from MCRD in San Diego on Oct. 17, 2003, on his sister Rebekah's 18th birthday.
He is the son of Sharon Love and Dermott Howard, who is a former marine. His uncle Albert Howard of Angoon also served in the Army during Desert Storm.
His Grandfather John Howard, Sr. of Angoon also served in the Army during World War II. He was in the 2nd Battallion Echo Company, Platoon 2011.
Aaron Howard will be stationed at Camp Pendleton when he returns from his 10-day leave.