William Hester
William Hester

To give out a non combat award as the "Distinguished Warfare Medal" to someone that sits behind a screen operating a RC Drone and have it rank higher than a medal awarded to someone in combat is as ludicrous as approving Hagel for Secretary of Defense. Stupid does stupid as this administration has done many of times before and all they are doing is destroying the military structure. Combat medals shall always be ranked higher than a butt in the seat award. Thank all you idiots for voting for this president and I hope that you are happy.

Jenifer Markoe
Jenifer Markoe
  • William Hester

I am happy Obama won because being disable and 100% service connected I know my check is going to show up. Also Obama Budget for the VA is 6 billions more then Romney/Ryans plan. As far blaming Hagel for this this award you can't since it was put out there before he became Sec of Defense. Since he has severed and is a combat veteran he knows the importance of getting this changed and I have no doubt he will.

Sandy Valencour
Sandy Valencour
  • William Hester

WILLIAM GROW UP. THIS IS NOT THE POTUS'S DECISION, IT WAS MILITARY!

James Montgomery
James Montgomery
  • William Hester

Jenifer Markoe apparently you did not watch Hagel's confirmation hearings. If you had you would know that even though he served he is not qualified. I know plenty of people that served that I would not think would make a good Secretary of Defense.

Mark Schmitt
Mark Schmitt
  • William Hester

@ Hester - There are several non-valor medals that outrank the Purple Heart, as well as the Silver Star and the Bronze Star, such as the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medals of each branch. Nobody is complaining about those non-valor awards outranking valor awards and these medals are only awarded to General officers upon completion of a command rotation or retirement - no combat required. Or did you conveniently forget about those in your mission to...

@ Hester - There are several non-valor medals that outrank the Purple Heart, as well as the Silver Star and the Bronze Star, such as the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medals of each branch. Nobody is complaining about those non-valor awards outranking valor awards and these medals are only awarded to General officers upon completion of a command rotation or retirement - no combat required. Or did you conveniently forget about those in your mission to berate the service of the Airmen who operate Remotely Piloted Aircraft in direct support of combat operations?

Mark Schmitt
Mark Schmitt
  • William Hester

Jenifer Markoe - you're happy that Obama won because you think your check will continue to show up? Really? Did you even consider that your check won't be worth the paper that it's written on with Democrat hyper-inflation? You'll get your check, it won't be worth squat.

Eleanor Jane Fleming Filbert
Eleanor Jane Fleming Filbert
  • William Hester

Jenifer Markoe Wow! I am from a military family going way back and I am blown away with your remark!! My late husband who was retired military and served 3 tours in Vietnam would never agree with you!

George Hotaling
George Hotaling

Medals are just a material thing - They performed a duty and they are being awarded a medal, so what? At least they served in the military, contrary to most if our politicians!

Stu Humphreys
Stu Humphreys

this is so wrong if people operating drones want that sort of reward they should stick to playing call of duty.

Bill Wesley
Bill Wesley

Medals are given to people who take physical risks, they could have been or were grievously hurt or killed defending themselves and their fellows. Someone who does not take a personal physical risk is not worthy of receiving a medal otherwise the bravery of those who did take physical risks is trivialized. Most likely the enemy will someday have predator drones at their disposal as well as the USA and when they do THEN and only then will a medal be warranted because then operators might be...

Medals are given to people who take physical risks, they could have been or were grievously hurt or killed defending themselves and their fellows. Someone who does not take a personal physical risk is not worthy of receiving a medal otherwise the bravery of those who did take physical risks is trivialized. Most likely the enemy will someday have predator drones at their disposal as well as the USA and when they do THEN and only then will a medal be warranted because then operators might be at risk. This is a means of countering the shame involved in killing a defenseless enemy, shame which kills more Americans through suicide than the enemy does.The real enemy is our dependence on oil, our real Allies are the inventors who will develop alternative energy to get us off Arab oil, it is they who should receive the medals and the money to further their work, that's the real American Way.

Rich Beerkircher
Rich Beerkircher

Why not give Hillary a medal to allong with the rest of the D.C. useless t..rds

Pete Dyer
Pete Dyer

Then they should be in country for six months before flying. Then they would know what it is like before pushing their buttons

Steven Soucy
Steven Soucy

Ok half you idiots shouldn't even comment considering your not in the military so this shit doesn't pertain to you and second if we didn't have drones flying above there would be a lot more of our soldiers dead. Every freakin job in the Army has a purpose and the fact any of you ignorant ass holes are petitioning and bitching about something like this is unbelievable there are way more important issues at hand than stuff like this.

Jason Dhatz
Jason Dhatz

Where's the petition to keep these drones out of American skies? The medal is one thing only effecting the pride of foot soldiers but drones over our neighborhoods effects the liberties we soldiers fight for.

Elly Tartar
Elly Tartar

I believe those who face the countrys enemy should be given the highest of medals cause they expose themselves to more ans yes the drones do thier share to make sure that those facing the enemy survive as well as possible they deserve a medal as well for being part of a team effort but not higher than the one facing death or worse.

Luis Lalama
Luis Lalama

there is no doubt that politicians are getting stupid, it does not make any sense to value the new medal above the purple heart, or any other combat medal, these politicians should go on a tour of duty for 1 year so they can see and feel for themselves what is like to be in combat." IDIOTS".

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