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February 14, 2013

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Cynical Navy Guy

I think I'm going to be sick...

You think drone "pilots" getting these is bad, wait 'til your local Intel weenie starts weeping about his/her morning PowerPoint brief saving the battle with supremely critical information.

Bob

This medal is a bit odd. I am retired AF. I was in the first gulf war. It was a bit of a shite hole and every once in awhile someone would lob something over the fence and tried to blow up our equipment. Granted this is not John Wayne stuff. When I got back I got an AF Commendation Medal.

Making the new medal is an ok idea. However placing it above the Bronze Star is just silly.

Bruce

Here is a video about drones, with many sides to the story, some pro some
con. It's for you to make up your minds on how you feel about them. The
video is a little long but over all a good video about drones.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdQvF5xmKL4&feature=player_embedded

Tim

It shouldnt be above the Bronze Star. Incredible............

Jenny

Why does this even surprise us? They gave obama the Nobel peace prize http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_Nobel_Peace_Prize

Chuck

I too am retired USAF, 26 years active, 23 since retirement. I served one year in Viet Nam and one year in Thailand. I have no combat medals because I don't deserve one. I didn't say I wasn't in a "combat zone" or "in harm's way". I said I wasn't in combat, Monumental difference, no pun intended. I fixed airplanes and did photo recconaissance support, back on the "safe" base on those tours. As you stated, I don't blame the troops, nor their officers, but the folks who allowed Panetta to even consider this action.

Bruce

Now the VFW does not think this medal should out rank the Purple Heart.

Sammy D

I love it when you get mad, Maj.

MReynolds

You go Major! I can always count on you to keep us up on the IMPORTANT news! Keep fighting the good faith!

John Evans

I have a petition to have this medal lowered in order of precedence. We need 100,000 signatures before March 16th. Please Sign and Share the petition with others so that we can hit that threshold. Here is the link: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/lower-precedence-new-distinguished-warfare-medal/5KdnkBBN

quickjack

This is nothing but the truth. My CO got a BS medal because our Destroyer launched 26 tomahawks at Iraq... All he did really was keep the ship on course and authorize the assignment of weapons to targets AS ORDERED by higher authority. As a former Navy Intel weenie they gave me a NAM for that cruse and I asked: why, all I did was my job? I think I would like one of the soccer trophies instead.

Great post, we share a similar view on valor and rewards for it.

Someone who doesn't feel sorry for you

This is nauseating. It's just some ground pounding Marine with a stick up his ass complaining that the people who keep his sorry ass alive are getting some thanks for it.

I'm sorry you made the choice to be a human shield. Now give credit to the people who actually direct wars and keep you from getting stuck in an ambush.

Cindi

Dear "Someone who doesn't feel sorry for you" your a pussy. No pretty boy uav flyer keeps Marines alive. Right there you show your pathetic intelligence of what is going on over there. I will give the credit to that Marine on my right and left. Now go back to your moms basement, she has made a sandwich for you.

Michael Cox

The Done Medal is the real {Call To Duty ] Game Medal !!! Its ok soldiers.This only proves that the leadership that doesn't approve combat decorations to soldiers in real combat have no idea what combat is!!! Put their brains in a frog and it would hop backwards!!!This is why the Bronze Star a combat decoration is being awarded more for non-combat than combat! They need to award the Bronze Star for {MERITORIOUS COMBAT } but are to dam stupid to save a good medal to recognize it more for combat reasons !! Rank has nothing to do with risking your life in combat and the value of a soldiers life in actual combat overrides any job performance in the rear!!!!

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Michael Cox


The drone medal is just as stupid as the way the Military is awarding its Bronze Star !!!!! They are awarding the Bronze Star for non-combat reasons which is according to regulations but are awarding this medal claiming its like a { COMBAT ZONE M.S.M. } The REGULATIONS FOR THE BRONZE STAR-- {{{{ To be awarded to any soldier while serving in any capacity }}}} WHERE IN THE REGULATIONS OF THE M.S.M. DOES IT SAY THAT ????? THE LEADERSHIP IN THE ARMY ARE CREATING THEIR OWN REGULATIONS WITH ONLY A SOLDIERS RANK AS A JUST REASON TO BE AWARDED THIS MEDAL !!!!! WHERE ARE THE AWARDS FOR THE E-1 to E-4???? The Bronze star is to be awarded to all ranks according to ARMY REGULATIONS not MADE UP REGULATIONS !!!!!!!!!

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