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Pentagon Keyboard Jockeys Can Now Out-Decorate Combat Heroes

Steve2680 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 12:01 PM
This was probably dreamed up by some Obama appointed civilian who has no idea of what is involved in actual combat. I have no problem with recognizing the efforts of those who pilot drones or make their contributions fighting a no-less real cyber war but to rank that medal above the Bronze Star? Ridiculous, outrageous and downright idiotic.
Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 12:11 PM
Well, it smells like the USAF, but I don't know that yet.
CVN65 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 12:50 PM
Yep. Sounds like a natural extension of their refusal to go to war except with air conditioning and three hot meals a day.
Bigdogoffthechain11 Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 12:56 PM
Alright Chief.

I recall vividly when the AF dudes were passing out on the ramp at Kuwait City and couldn't carry their own bags.
helioquois Wrote: Feb 19, 2013 6:44 PM
Wow CVN65...I think you might be Navy. When you go out on your ships, do you not have AC and 3 hots? I am an Airman, and my background is Special Operations. Last I checked, our team still goes to the front with their air machines, PJs, Combat Controllers and TACP/JTAC Airmen right alongside Rangers, Army SF, NAVSPECWAR SEALs and Special Boat units. I have evaluated enough valor decorations of our Battlefield Airman to know they hold their own and never refuse a mission. There is no problem with the decoration, simply the precedence it is given over those decorations requiring valor and risk. All the cats I know with the Bronze Star and V device should NOT be placed behind those earning this new decoration.
Jeff_Georgia Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 10:10 AM
Hey lay off the USAF. They are the only branch that sends their officers into combat while the enlisted men wave goodbye... (yes, I know that isn't entirely true, but much more so than the other branches).
Jeff_Georgia Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 10:15 AM
I salute the USAF spec ops forces. Training as tough or tougher than ANY other spec op operators but they don't get 1/50 the pub as do groups like the SEALs...
LtScrounge Wrote: Feb 20, 2013 10:08 PM
Exactly. No problem with them giving them medals for meritorious service, but not on a par with the combat service medals.

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...