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Pentagon Keyboard Jockeys Can Now Out-Decorate Combat Heroes

LES22 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 10:23 PM
TA comment and a complaint. I was in the Army from 1966 -70. At that time, the Army Commendation Medal was awarded for exceptionally good job preformance. At my field station in northern Japen, our cooks received an Arcom and they deserved it. An inspection graded the mess hall as the 2nd best in the army. It was truly exceptional. I agree, however, that this award should rank behind the bronze star with V.
LES22 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 10:35 PM
Continuing other post:
My complaint concerns those who are derideing those service men who are not in the combat arms.
I served in the Army Security Agency [ASA] - we were involved in signal intelligence. The soldier Lyndon Johnson called the first combat death in VietNam was Spc. 4 James Davis [ASA]. He was a radio direction finder operator - he located enemy units by their radio transmissions.
SGT Roy Benavidez, an ASA soldier assigned to a Green Beret unit, won a Medal of honor while involved in the extraction of an A team from a hot landing zone. He lept from a helecoptor to rescue a wounded soldier who was carrying classified documents. He also retreived the documents and dispatched a few VC.
alopekos teumesios Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 11:27 PM
I don't think that anyone said that valor displayed on the battlefield should not be rewarded outside of Combat Arms MOS. I think that the issue is creating medals that rank with valor awards for doing a good job off the battlefield. Sgt Benavidez went above and beyond doing his job well to receive the CMoH. SP4 Davis made the ultimate sacrifice and surely received a posthumous Purple Heart and maybe more. One would think that a Purple Heart should have precedence over a drone medal, but I guess not in the technocrat military.
LtScrounge Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 9:58 PM
Sgt Benavidez did a bit more than that. As I recall, he got the MoH for carrying multiple wounded to the helicopter, despite being shot repeatedly himself.

PARIS -- U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced last week that the Pentagon has created a new military award for keyboard cyber-warriors and drone joystick jockeys.

The Distinguished Warfare Medal will recognize those whose ability to incinerate a designated target from the comfort of an office chair wasn't prohibitively affected by a jumpy trigger finger on the joystick from a mid-shift java jolt. Or, as Panetta put it: "The medal provides distinct, department-wide recognition for the extraordinary achievements that directly impact on combat operations, but that do not involve acts of valor or physical risk that combat entails."

Given that this...