I wrote about the proposed new medal for cyber warriors and drone pilots back in February, and how I agreed with the VFW that it should in no way be ranked higher than a Bronze Star.
I mean, really? Someone in a chair gets an award higher than someone who actually gets fired at? (Note: I am not saying drone pilots don’t do important work. Increasingly, in fact, their work exceeds in importance that of ground pounders like me. But that does not mean they are braver or should be rewarded as such.)
Anyway, yesterday the idea for the medal was canceled. See here.
Thank you, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, for showing some common sense.
Stan R. Mitchell
Oak Ridge, Tenn.
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