Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pentagon Pressured To Drop New Drone Medal Below Rank Of Bronze Star

Image: The Pentagon is creating the Distinguished Warfare Medal to recognize UAV pilots.

Obama Pressured To Drop New Hero Medal For Drone And Cyber Warriors Below Rank Of Bronze Star -- Washington Times

More than 5,000 people have signed a petition urging the White House to lower the ranking of a new medal for drone pilots and cyberwarfare specialists that has drawn criticism for its ranking above the Bronze Star.

“Under no circumstance should a medal that is designed to honor a pilot, that is controlling a drone via remote control, thousands of miles away from the theater of operation, rank above a medal that involves a soldier being in the line of fire on the ground,” the petition posted on the White House website says.

The Washington Times first reported Friday that some warriors inside the Pentagon were questioning and mocking Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s decision last week to create the Distinguished Warfare Medal for cyber- and drone-combatants who sit inside stations outside a war zone.

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My Comment: The petition website is here. Will the Pentagon listen to these complaints .... for the moment no. The Pentagon has also been very clear on why this medal should be awarded as is.

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