Would someone please hand me one of those $600 hammers so I can wing it at Leon Panetta’s fat moronic head:
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday that the Pentagon is creating a medal that can be awarded to troops who have a direct impact on combat operations, but do it well away from any combat zone.
‘‘I’ve seen firsthand how modern tools, like remotely piloted platforms and cyber systems, have changed the way wars are fought,’’ Panetta said. ‘‘And they’ve given our men and women the ability to engage the enemy and change the course of battle, even from afar.’’
The work they do ‘‘does contribute to the success of combat operations, particularly when they remove the enemy from the field of battle, even if those actions are physically removed from the fight,’’ he said.
The new blue, red and white-ribboned Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to individuals for ‘‘extraordinary achievement’’ related to a military operation that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001. But unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient risk his or her life to get it.
Officials said the new medal will be the first combat-related award to be created since the Bronze Star in 1944.
A recognition of the evolving 21st century warfare, the medal will be considered a bit higher in ranking than the Bronze Star, but is lower than the Silver Star, defense officials said.
I don’t mind so much that the Xbox commandos get their own little participation meddle (see what I did there?) for their hours of service, for they are indeed serving their nation. What I do take issue with is someone in the air-conditioned comfort and near-absolute safety of a stateside military base being given an award that ranks higher than the Bronze Star while sitting in a glorified La-Z-Boy, never breaking a sweat.
Hell, I was playing flight simulators one Gateway 286SX in 1987 with a 15″ VGA monitor from a creaking budget office chair in the den because I was too shy to ask out a girl on a date. I helped pioneer this technology between popping zits.
Give me the CMoH for being the Billy Mitchell of fake air warriors.
A real warrior over at Blackfive who earned his Bronze Star for his work on the ground, Deebow, does not suffer this foolishness well:
So this new medal for sitting in an OPS center at some undisclosed location will be higher than that? Higher than the Bronze Star that a PFC at a remote COP might be awarded for taking charge of his mortar team during a patrol and providing accurate fires on the enemy after his team leader was wounded? Higher than a Bronze Star awarded to a Buck Sergeant, who after being deployed for 7 months, is working 3 levels higher as the Company First Sergeant in his section because of combat attrition? No disrespect to the Predator driver and missile shooter; you guys are an important component in the battles we fight, but I could get my work done in the ‘Stan without them. They are doing a job that can be done wearing flip-flops while eating take out. The only thing funnier than giving this award would be seeing this medal awarded to the awardees standing at attention in their flight suits.
One has to wonder about the possible other messages sent by the creation of such an award, when the Pentagon knows that the creation of such awards does not happen in a vacuum and that it will have an effect on the morale of serving servicemen.
Considering the dismissive, hostile and anti-military nature of the Obama Administration, one has to wonder; was it meant as a slap to the face of actual warriors in the trenches?