MSG (Ret) Robert "Pitt" Pittman, 41, Clarksville, died Thursday, July 29, 2010, in Afghanistan. Pitt was born September 21, 1968 in Greenwood, Mississippi to Robert and Vicky Lynn Pittman. MSG Pittman was retired from the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Group. He was the recipient of the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star with "V" device. He is survived by his wife Melissa and two daughters Loren and Robbie Pittman.
MSG Robert W. Pittman entered the military on 12 Jan 1990. Upon completion of Basic training and Airborne School he was assigned to the 6th Ranger Training Battalion as an infantryman where he served from August 1990 until April 1993. MSG Pittman was then assigned to 1st BN 187th INF Fort Campbell, Kentucky where he served as an infantryman, Team Leader, Squad Leader and Scout Squad Leader from April 1993 until August 1996. In August 1996 MSG Pittman attended the Special Forces Engineer course where upon completion he was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, Kentucky in August 1997. While assigned to the 5th Special Forces MSG Pittman served as a Special Forces Engineer Sergeant, Sniper Team Leader, Senior Instructor for Phase II of the Special Forces Qualification Course, Special Forces Operations Sergeant and a Troop Sergeant Major. MSG Pittman Retired on 30 April 2010.
During MSG Pittman's distinguished career he received the following award and citations: Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (x2), Army Achievement Medal (x4), Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Service Ribbon, Iraq Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Army Good Conduct Medal 6th Award, Expert Infantryman Badge, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Arrow Head, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon (x3)