Posted By LambChop
Outgoing Sec Def Leon Panetta has decided to create a prestigious heroism medal (the “Distinguished Warfare Medal”) for cyber/drone combatants from the U.S. armed forces who sit inside computer stations - outside the war zones. The real problem with Panetta’s brilliant idea is that the medal is placed above, in order of prestige, the Bronze Star and just beneath the Distinguished Flying Cross.
An Army colonel who fought in Afghanistan and who admires Mr. Panetta told The Times he was taken aback by the “sudden” announcement. “It has been surreal to hear the response in the corridors of the Pentagon,” the officer said. “Everyone was floored by the sudden announcement. Many are still convinced it is a joke from The Onion that duped people.I’ve had conversations with about a dozen people over the last couple of days here at the Pentagon and read the various rants from retired friends on Facebook. Attitude ranges from rage to a mix of anger and amusement. Everyone assumes it was an Air Force push, so there is anger towards both the medal and the Air Force over this.”
An Army employee at the Pentagon who saw combat on active duty told The Times: “This is silly and disrespects those who sacrificed so much to serve in the war zones. In a time of war and in the wake of 12 years of fighting in harsh theaters like Iraq and Afghanistan, the Defense Department should not create a medal ranked higher than combat medals like the Purple Heart and Bronze Star to honor people whose only hardship is spilling hot coffee in their lap as they move their joystick to fly a drone.”