They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.
But the troops who 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 with the first new combat-related medal to be created in decades.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it well away from any combat zone.
I was actually not interested in this until I read that it is higher ranking than the Bronze Star! The Bronze Star is the fourth highest combat decoration and rewards meritorious service in battle. I cannot believe they are going to make a medal for a guy in Nevada drinking coffee and working a mouse higher than a honored medal for soldiers who actually face death and get blood on their hands. That is scandalous.