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Press Release

For Immediate Release
June 23, 2014

Communications Office

Governor Hassan's Statement on Sergeant Ryan Pitts Receiving the Medal of Honor

CONCORD – Following the announcement that Sergeant Ryan Pitts of Nashua will be awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism, Governor Maggie Hassan issued the following statement:

"Sergeant Ryan Pitts, a U.S. Army paratropper, demonstrated extraordinary valor above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Wanat, one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghan War. His remarkable poise, toughness and courage despite his critical wounds were instrumental in turning the tide of the battle and preventing further U.S. casualties. Because of his heroic actions, our country is safer, our freedom is stronger, and many of his fellow soldiers returned home safely to their families. Sergeant Pitts joins only a handful of other soldiers who served in Operation Enduring Freedom to receive this highest military honor, and we are all inspired by Sergeant Pitts' unyielding dedication to his unit and his fellow Americans.

"After his military discharge, Sergeant Pitts graduated with honors from the University of New Hampshire with a business degree, and his remarkable penchant for leadership, collaboration and hard work will continue to serve him well in all of his endeavors in civilian life. The entire State of New Hampshire is deeply proud of Sergeant Pitts, and I join all Granite Staters in thanking him for his bravery, service and sacrifice."