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Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor Recipient, Battle of Wanat

By Tom McDermott August 25, 2020

In October last year we published a 'case method' wargame based around the Battle of Wanat that took place in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan in 2008. This has been one of our most viewed posts so far, with over 2000 people accessing it in a month.

Last week one of our users (@lachlan_poppins on Twitter) sent us the link to a Modern War Institute podcast with SSgt Ryan Pitt, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Wanat. The podcast is at this link.

This podcast is a must listen, particularly if you have looked in detail at the Wanat case method study. SSgt Pitt puts you right in the field of fire. Think they didn't do enough with their Surveillance and Target Aquisition Plan? Listen to SSgt Pitt talk about their reasoning. Want to understand the intensity of the fire? Listen to SSgt Pitt talk about the hail of RPGs that hit them. Want to know how they dealt with the casualties? Listen to SSgt Pitt talk about loss under fire. Even more importantly, listen to him talk at the end about cross-training and leadership.

You can read more about SSgt Pitt and his Medal of Honor at the following US Army page.

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Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a serving Australian Army Officer and a student of strategy and military ethics. You can follow him on Twitter via the handle @helmandproject.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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