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Pentagon Keyboard Jockeys Can Now Out-Decorate Combat Heroes

mbowen300 Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 1:12 PM
i am with Vietnamvet ...i was in over 30 yrs 1-mar-72 to 2-jul-80 Marines 23-oct-83 to 27-sept-08 Army last combat tour in Iraq . Arcom would be ok BSM or above no way . they were not in danger of life or limb it is a bad joke. in Iraq my troops and i got shot at almost every day went out side the wire 2-3 times a day on 100s of patrols .did our job no BSM and thats ok . the S-1 Lt that never left the FOB worked in his A/C office got the BSM we didn't care we just cared that we all made it back .but this is over the line

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...