MAJ John Carson, Professor of Military Science, University of Hawaii, led UH ROTC cadets through a virtual staff ride of the Battle of Wanat. Developed by the Combat Studies Institute at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, this VSR takes students all around the battlefield, explains how conditions were set, and explores the outcomes.
Mission Training Complex Hawaii developed a 3D capability using the VBS2 gaming simulation platform to virtually take students through the valleys, obstacles and fighting positions held by enemy and friendly forces.
CPT Brandon Kennedy, CDR, HHC 2-35IN, 3/25 BCT, offered insight to the history and nature of the unit and terrain as he was a platoon leader in a sister company in the 173rd at the the time and led a quick response force to the battle arriving just hours after the main fighting.
The Battle of Wanat has special meaning to Warrior Battalion as the platoon leader, 1LT Jonathan Brostrom, a UH ROTC graduate, was lost that day with 8 other men from his platoon.
CDT Matthew Ryan and CDT Margaret Carnegie, Warrior BN, University of Hawaii and VSR participants, offer their insights into the training event.
The Battle of Wanat
On July 13th, 2008, Taliban guerilla forces attacked a remote outpost in the village of Wanat, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. Despite being surrounded and outnumbered, 2PLT, C CO, 2-503 IR, 173rd ABCT bravely repelled the attack with the support of artillary and aircraft.
Nine US soldiers were killed and twenty-seven wounded.