Jeffrey DeWitt is a 26-year United States Air Force veteran who retired in the rank of Chief Master Sergeant, the top 1% of all enlisted grades. His medals include the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with six oak leaf clusters, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with seven oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal with one star, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border.
Born and raised in Norwalk, Connecticut, he has researched countless veterans and their stories, focusing on those who died during wartime service. He has self-published eight books in the historical non-fiction category. Five of the eight books are about veterans from Norwalk. The remaining three are about Connecticut residents who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Iwo Jima, as well as the 92 recipients of the Medal of Honor from Connecticut.
He served as the Chairman of the Advisory – Military & Veterans Liaison Committee for the City of Norwalk from its inception in November 2018 until December 2022. He is a member of the Board of Directors and Historian for the Iwo Jima Memorial Historical Foundation based in Connecticut. For his work for the foundation, he was selected for the 2022 Veterans Public Service Award For Excellence from Central Connecticut State University.
He is a Life Member of the American Legion and serves as the First Vice Commander for Frank C. Godfrey American Legion Post 12 in Norwalk. He is also a Legacy Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and has been the Quartermaster for Mulvoy – Tarlov – Aquino VFW Post 603 in Norwalk since 2018 and the Youth Activities and Community Service representative for the VFW Department of Connecticut since 2020.