Drone Pilots Eligible for New Military Medal
New Pentagon honor doesn't require being on battlefield
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 13, 2013 4:18 PM CST
The new Distinguished Warfare Medal.   (Department of Defense)

(Newser) – They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens. 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, but now their battlefield contributions can be recognized. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today that the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, even from afar.

"I've seen firsthand how modern tools, like remotely piloted platforms and cyber systems, have changed the way wars are fought," Panetta said. The new Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to individuals for "extraordinary achievement" related to a military operation that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001. But unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient to risk his or her life to get it. Officials said the medal will be the first combat-related award to be created since the Bronze Star in 1944.

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mightymike56
Feb 16, 2013 3:44 PM CST
why not a purple heart for a hang nail or a paper cut....
gomer99
Feb 14, 2013 8:57 PM CST
You just GOTTA be shittin' me. A joystick award for "mouse finger" ???? Everyone who ever got a CIB should stick it up Panetta's ass. This is like the jerkoffs that gave every box kicker in the Army a hero beannie, or the dipshit that took away the swabs' cupcake hats. Waaaay too many people with waaaaay too little to do. Can you say "military cutbacks" ? g, USAF, ret.
reallybig
Feb 14, 2013 9:55 AM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... No wonder the Obama drones are killing so many innocent men, women, children, and babies, when the kids playing a video drone game are scoring points killing them. --- To the video drone controller it's just a game, and killing all the innocent people means nothing to them. PS; . Obama wants to award "Drone pilots with military medals .. for flying pilotless drones." --- The oxymoronic mind of Obama, at work. ---------- REALLY