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Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
reply to post by Corruption Exposed
You're right that we don't agree on everything, but agreement isn't necessary for respect and I think we've always shared that. In this case, I can actually see your point.
Originally posted by Corruption Exposed
reply to post by Wrabbit2000
As much as I am against drone warfare, I am willing to admit that there have been some missions where I would have considered a drone strike to be worthy.
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 their battlefield contributions may be recognized.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced 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.
Originally posted by Wolf321
I came across this article today
New medal for drone pilots outranks Bronze Star
I thew up a little in my mouth when I read that.
Its order of precedence, specifically in outranking the Bronze Star, an award for bravery in combat, drew wide complaints from military members as well as confusion from military medals experts. John Hamilton, commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, explained, "It is very important to properly recognize all who faithfully serve and excel, but this new medal — no matter how well intended — could quickly deteriorate into a morale issue. Medals that can only be earned in direct combat must mean more than medals awarded in the rear." The Military Order of the Purple Heart joined in condemnation, stating "To rank what is basically an award for meritorious service higher than any award for heroism is degrading and insulting to every American Combat Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine who risks his or her life and endures the daily rigors of combat in a hostile environment.