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Pentagon Keyboard Jockeys Can Now Out-Decorate Combat Heroes

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.
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.
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.

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...