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Battle of Wanat Virtual Staff Ride

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This staff ride examines a coalition task force conducting counterinsurgency operations in the Waygal Valley of Afghanistan, 2007-2008. The primary focus of the study is an insurgent attack on a small outpost occupied by the 2d Platoon of C Company, 2-503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade. In the early morning of 13 July 2008, a force of 150-200 insurgents attacked the position resulting in nine American fatalities.

The primary learning objective is to discuss the enduring insights of combat in a complex environment, especially at the junior leader at the platoon and company levels. However, the staff ride can also be tailored to concentrate on issues relevant to leaders at the battalion and higher levels.

The Wanat VSR is fully exportable to any organization that has access to the Army-licensed gaming software, Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). Each exportable package includes full instructor support materials, student readings, and instructions on how to use everything. Please see below.

Battle of Wanat Virtual Staff Ride Material

Wanat VSR Introduction

Wanat VSR Introduction

This file provides an overview of the VSR, what products comprise the VSR, how to download the products, and how they are used to conduct the VSR. The exportable VSR contains all the elements of a “ground” staff ride, but with the terrain being presented with a computer in a classroom environment.

Download the VSR Introduction

Virtual Battlespace 3 Instructions

Virtual Terrain for Wanat

The Wanat VSR runs off the Army’s games-for-training platform, Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). Only a government employee on a CAC enabled computer can download the program. New VBS3 users must request authorization to download the program through Milgaming. New download authorizations may not be available due to contract restrictions with the software manufacturer. Use this link to access the Army’s Milgaming site for the Wanat terrain files. After downloading VBS3, the user must download the Wanat terrain and model files and then upload them into VBS3. Detailed instructions on how to complete this process are at the Milgaming link. For technical questions or issues relating to VBS3, contact customer support at Bohemia Interactive Simulations at (866) 755-5127.

Army Milgaming Site

Preliminary Study Materials

Preliminary Study Materials

These materials help prepare staff ride participants for their virtual visit to the campaign area. The Wanat read ahead is the CSI study, Wanat: Combat Action in Afghanistan.

Download the Read Ahead

Field Phase and Materials

Field Phase and Materials

These resources are for the staff ride facilitator or instructor. The notes are the materials the instructor uses to tie the terrain, the historical narrative, and the visual aids together. The visual aids help keep the participants oriented to the virtual terrain and to the historical context of the operation.

Download the Instructor Notes

Download the Visual Aids

Download the Videos