Thread: Pentagon creates new medals
#1 Pentagon creates new medals
02-14-2013, 09:23 AM
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They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.
But the troops that launch the drone strikes and direct the cyberattacks that can kill or disable an enemy may never set foot in the combat zone. Now, defense officials say, their battlefield contributions may be recognized.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expected to announce Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar.
The Associated Press has learned that the new blue, red and white-ribboned Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to individuals for "extraordinary achievement" related to a military operation that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001. But unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient risk his or her life to get it.
A recognition of the evolving 21st Century warfare, the medal will be considered a bit higher in ranking than the Bronze Star, but is lower than the Silver Star, defense officials said.
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02-14-2013, 10:46 AM
First on the list for the new medal, of course, every O6 and above who has worked in the Pentagram at any time over the last 12 years. The drone pilots but not the ground crews will eventually get some too, if they file a Congressional.
It's a real thing, by the way - http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=119290 - this from the same DoD that refuses to agree to issue a Cold War campaign medal, not because the Cold War wasn't an immensely long and costly affair with thousands of operational/training deaths and disabling injuries, but because acknowledging it as a 'Campaign' would cost too much in additional veteran's benefits.
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02-14-2013, 10:49 AMPITIFULL
Submitted by Okkidder on Wed, 02/13/2013 at 4:38 pm.
WOODEN SHIPS, IRON MEN. I am so glad I retired. No longer are men of the military regarded as soldiers but now are wimps. When you can pull a trigger without seeing the enemy eye to eye, you lose the concept of valor. Not to mention putting this so high on the list is embarrising.I personally cannot see this as something special. Kids on Xbox and PS3 do this daily and is not special. No tactics no fear of real injury or death. No sacrifice, $11 million shot down who cares, move to another console and try again. Same as hitting reset on a game. Just more expensive. Maybe they should wear pink flight suits and purple barrets.
A response over at HotAir:So a person that never risks his life on the battlefield can get a medal but those shot at Fort Hood by an Islamic terrorist can’t get a purple heart?
Mark1971 on February 13, 2013 at 5:38 PM
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