Military has new drone warfare medal


It is a sign of the times.

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.

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13 Responses to Military has new drone warfare medal

  1. Breal says:

    Well, you know how hazardous spilling hot coffee in your lap can be. Would they also be awarded the purple heart in such an event?

  2. Flatearther says:

    your missing the point… the kids that will be good at this occupation expect their participation trophy, so i guess they had to create one.

    Besides, if Obum gets the nobel, it must make me at least eligible for some sort of demigod award. Gets weird when you start changing the standards of logic. black is white, 1+1=3???


  3. xenicalman says:

    These assholes have re-written the definitions for a myriad of traditional concepts. So I’m not surprised they are re-defining valor. Another slap in the face for our military. Soon that “salad” on a serviceman’s chest will be just that. A meaningless colorful salad.

  4. RJ says:

    I agreed the drone operators are doing a needed job and saving lives in the end count, that said there is not way the award should be higher ranking than boots on the ground, trigger pulling action that actually put their lives in harms way in order to go above and beyond in their actions and save lives.

    Whats next purple hearts for supply troops who develope blisters.

    • pete says:

      No not for blister, But if they have TBI they will get the Purple Heart.

      • R.D. Walker says:

        My son, a 1st Bat Ranger, was knocked off the fastrope during a nighttime combat assault in ar Ramadi Provence. The man above him dropped too fast and his boots knocked my son’s hands off the rope. He fell 40 feet, broke both legs and both heels and was unconscious on the ground as the door to the compound under assault was about to be blown away.

        When he regained consciousness, he had to crawl several hundred yards to cover under a heavy crossfire. He couldn’t walk and he couldn’t use his legs at all. He just dragged himself by his arms.

        He was picked up by a non-SOCOM unit and “lost” in a pouge aid station for a while until my oldest friend and my son’s godfather and then a Delta operator, tracked him down and sent a helicopter to get him and bring him to the Delta aid station. My son was evacuated to Germany and, after swelling went down, to Walter Reed. He recovered and nine months later, was back in Iraq.

        I learned all of this from a call on Thanksgiving Day on Guam. My friend called me from my son’s bedside.

        No Purple Heart for him. Even though it was in combat, it wasn’t enemy action that caused his injury.

  5. sortahwitte says:


  6. pete says:

    Don’t know how many of you severed. I can tell you this, there are many Soldiers walking around now that have Bronze Stars but have not been anywhere near combat. After my 1st Deployment the Cook NCOIC that was attached to my unit got a Bronze Star for being the NCOIC cook at COP Ford (He never shoot a round in country, he never left the wire besides going to COP Ford, mid tour, and when we left COP). So this doesn’t surprise me. He stood there with my Company’s Squad Leaders with a grin on his face knowing he didn’t do shit to earn that Bronze Star. Fully knowing of the fight we had in Sadr City (that he was not a part of). It doesn’t surprise me at all.

    • notamobster says:

      Welcome Pete!

      This is ridiculous. I’ve received combat pay, been in hostile fire and combat zones. I was a mechanic in the USAF. I did not earn, nor do I deserve any combat related medals.

  7. Ray Davies says:

    Way back when.. all you needed to do was to bleed a bit. The 1st PH was for Mama, after that you had to earn it the hard way. Remember our Sec of State?? He didn’t earn his either. RD, I’d have your son ask for a review of the records, but then there’s the modern Army. Thank both of you for your service

  8. notamobster says:


    Hat tip to the bronze!