Skip to comments.Pentagon creates new medal for cyber, drone wars
Posted on 02/13/2013 1:14:39 PM PST by Mad Dawgg
WASHINGTON (AP) They fight the war from computer consoles and video screens.
But 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. Now their battlefield contributions may be recognized.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that for the first time the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it from afar.
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Let’s call it the “Useless REMF”!
Perhaps the medal should be in the shape of a chair.
You posted a few seconds faster than me, I will ask to have it pulled. My comment was my son just upgraded his Vector last night to diamond, is he entitled to a medal now too?
My buddy had sent me a joke about this around Christmas. It was about the first drone pilot getting an Air Medal and a Purple Heart for carpal tunnel syndrome.
I guess the pentagon has medal envy...
My understanding is that medals are for acts of bravery. Recognition of the contributions made by the tech guys is appropriate but aren’t there other ways to do it?
I got no problem at all giving people medals who are piloting multi-million dollar remote aircraft and kicking ass while doing it. Nothing wrong with giving props for a job well Done.
But Rating it higher than a Bronze Star for which one usually must risk life and limb to get, is a slap in the face to people who have risked it all to serve their country and received such.
The Order of the Game Controller.
If a person can take out a terrorist camp from 8,000 miles away, run to the store at during lunch, come back to work and do it again, and then finish the day with a round of golf, I’d call that a RE Bad-ass MF...
“But Rating it higher than a Bronze Star for which one usually must risk life and limb to get, is a slap in the face to people who have risked it all to serve their country and received such.”
Bronze Star can be awarded for valor OR merit. It isn’t necessarily a combat award.
Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto medal?
They’ve also come up with some brand new disorders caused by operating these drones.
“Lets call it the Useless REMF!”
with Caramel Cluster
That is what bothers me most, no way it should ever be higher than a medal earned in combat.
Locally I know several guys who are in the Coast Guard (One is a rescue swimmer which is one of the most dangerous jobs in all of the Armed forces.) They were home a few years back (they are all related) and we remarked on the many Medals they were sporting. The spoke up and said that literally many of them are awarded for things like Not falling off the boat or tying your shoes right. But none of them ranked above or even close to the Several Awards the Rescue Swimmer got for risking his life to save people.
They also get combat flight pay for the missions they "fly."
And you,sir are awarded the Golden Drone Award!
Does that make me an official REMF?
The Legion of Merit (LOM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces that is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.
I know, I know, this would make field grade and above officers mad,hmmm on second thought people might think they really did something.
Ridiculous. It does take skill, and there is a shoot-don’t shoot element to it, but combat intimates that you’ve placed yourself in harm’s way. This ain’t that.
“...will be rated Higher than Bronze...”
Give them a Navy/Army/Air Force Achievement Medal. That’s plenty high enough.
It was good enough for spending 11 days in the tunnels on the Batangan Peninsula and capturing 41 VC.
It ought to suffice for sitting in a chair and playing video games or writing code.
The people shot and injured or killed in Fort worth cannot even get a Purple Heart, but they are going to give Computer geeks a medal.
This is a new America,
That is their plan. Incrementally destroying the military and the country.
Paper cuts, carpal tunnel, coffee stains...oh the horror.
not to mention the brutal commute to base.
Finally, keyboard warriors will be honored.
Sorry, that symbol already represents the b(l)ooming underground economy.
This group needs an appropriate shoulder patch as well
If there were no janitors at the Pentagon generals couldn’t relieve themselves in comfort while they wage war. Where is the medal for meritorious toilet scrubbing?
Don’t know if you’ve served, but let me tell you, there are a lot of thankless jobs in the military. And while the jobs may be thankless, the folks that perform them are every bit as dedicated and mission critical as the task of the guy pulling a trigger with the enemy in his sights.
I’m not even sure Pentagon janitors are in the miilitary. And no, not every military job is “mission critical,” let alone as critical as the men in the field. The military is so damn big; much of ot has nothing whatsoever to do with combat, and the staff might as well be in the Department of Education. Armies have their Big Government, pencil pushing make-work, too.
Certainly not everyone is equally dedicated. Pretending they are is an insult to the ones who actually are dedicated. Even among janitors there are more and less dedicated workers.
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