Drone operators to be awarded distinction medals and honor will rank higher than the Bronze Star. Sorry but we can’t abide this. If no one risked their life it’s basically a continuation of no score soccer games where everyone gets a trophy! Good job Mikey! Were we a drone operator we’d be ashamed to wear it.

The newly announced Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations but do it from afar

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JPTravis February 13, 2013 at 8:45 pm

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Why not a medal for playing Pac Man? This is bureaucrats watching out for bureaucrats. Sitting in a Nevada computer room, NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, is not the same thing as risking your life in combat. Something is in the water in Washington, D.C., that makes people crazy. That or it’s a Mad Cow epidemic.

Road Warrior February 13, 2013 at 9:04 pm

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Now little barry will get one to hang next to his peace prize — He has the list you know.

Brilliant little a**hole, isn’t he.

Alien February 13, 2013 at 10:16 pm

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Bronze stars have been handed out like cookies in the past, so the honour exchange rate continues its flux. I could imagine a CYBERCOM specialist executing a skilled attack, disabling enemy defense systems, and deserving of accolade. The Chinese have entire brigades of hackers, and surely their own framework for recognizing achievement.

The potential overlap in actual merit between both sets of recipients may be considerable over time. I do find it awesome that it’s being called the Geek Cross. In this day and age, a lot of geeks would be proud of that

poppajoe49 February 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm

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Only under Obama.

Big Al February 14, 2013 at 3:57 am

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It should have degrees of achievement such as pink hearts or yellow moons.

Sidekick February 14, 2013 at 5:01 am

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Green clovers.

Road Warrior February 14, 2013 at 5:32 am

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All day suckers.

Martin February 14, 2013 at 5:00 am

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“No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country.” G.S. Patton, Jr.

rs February 14, 2013 at 5:33 am

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I wouldn’t be surprised if Obama awarded himself the Medal of Honor.

Elrond Hubbard February 14, 2013 at 12:08 pm

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Controlling a drone is a high stress job but not physically dangerous and when your shift is over you sleep in a comfortable bed. Still, a skillful drone operator does deserve recognition; I think an Army Commendation Medal would be in order. The ACM has been around since Vietnam (probably longer) and I think it is the proper award for a drone operator.

GhostntheMachine February 14, 2013 at 1:03 pm

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I feel safer, you feel safer? No space cowboy medals around here, this guy says so

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/feb/13/faa-official-no-armed-drones-us/

Navyvet2 February 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

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Another blogger has called this the REMF medal. If I got one of these I wouldnt wear it. However I would proudly wear a Bronze Star (if I earned one), and this thing has a higher valor value than a bronze star. Truly these assholes in DC are clueless.

TonyMonterey February 14, 2013 at 2:06 pm

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This is going to be like the “Expert Bayonet” bar newbee’s used to show up from Basic with. Until they get ragged out.

I bet this was another thing dreamed up by people who have no military experience but somehow get put in a position surrounded with people with no military experience. They thought Bronze was for third place… no… people get Bronze Stars after they lose parts of their bodies or even their lives.

From my understanding I thought drones took off and flew to their target area under auto-pilot. The operator can control the camera’s, designate targets and fire. Hellfires are all automated because they acquire the target before they are fired. So I’m not sure how one individual can earn this.

poppajoe49 February 15, 2013 at 7:47 am

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In the Air Force, it was the BMT ribbon, Basic Military Training. They gave it out so newbies would have something to put on their Class A Uniform.