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!

Douglas Bounds
Douglas Bounds

This is about like when Obama was given the Nobel Peace Prize for doing nothing.this is ridiculous they have balked at awarding the Purple Heart to those soldiers who have lost their lives and limbs during combat,

Michelle Poston Cannon
Michelle Poston Cannon
  • Douglas Bounds

You are so right Douglas. Amen to that!

Frank Barnett
Frank Barnett
  • Douglas Bounds

They also refused Purple Hearts to those killed and wounded at Ft. Hood when Hasan went beserk.

Mark Schmitt
Mark Schmitt
  • Douglas Bounds

This is nothing like Obama and his Peace Prize joke. And any servicemember who loses a limb or their life in combat isn't refused a Purple Heart. The reasoning for Ft. Hood is because the trial hasn't taken place yet and to award the Purple Heart for that act of terrorism might taint the jury and give reason for the defense to seek mistrial or help their appeal process. After the trial is over, Purple Hearts will most likely be awarded retroactively.

Apm Mullally Nordstrom
Apm Mullally Nordstrom
  • Douglas Bounds

Sorry Mark, your wrong about the trial and purple hearts or any medals being issued. This attack is listed as "work place violence' not Terrorism!! Obama doesn't want that listed on his watch. It wont look good for his so called "legacy"... Regarding a medal for drone operators - they have no medals for EOD robot operators and they're on the ground With the bombs. Not hundreds or thousands of miles away in a cool sheltered building, safe and secure. If you don't walk the walk, you...

Sorry Mark, your wrong about the trial and purple hearts or any medals being issued. This attack is listed as "work place violence' not Terrorism!! Obama doesn't want that listed on his watch. It wont look good for his so called "legacy"... Regarding a medal for drone operators - they have no medals for EOD robot operators and they're on the ground With the bombs. Not hundreds or thousands of miles away in a cool sheltered building, safe and secure. If you don't walk the walk, you should be rewarded for just the talk.............. FYI: Husband just finished his 32nd year of active duty - me & kids volunteer & Service with no medals ever to be given. God Bless All our Troops and their Families. Thank You all for your Service!!!

Mark Schmitt
Mark Schmitt
  • Douglas Bounds

Oh, your HUSBAND served 32 years on active duty so that makes you more qualified than someone who actually is on active duty. I forgot, spouses have so much rank.

And actually, those EOD operators using a robot are regular EOD troops. Their robot is simply a tool in their toolbox and those EOD troops are awarded valor medals regularly. But I guess you already knew that with your Senior Spouse Rank.

Matt Pichelmayer
Matt Pichelmayer

Shitty that this had to be a huge blown up public issue. You jackasses that are running your mouthes, directing your comments towards our Airmen, are idiots. They're not the ones who created the medal, yet they have to put up with your bullshit ridicule; like you even know wtf you're talking about anyways, right? Keep your comments aimed in the right direction; towards the policy makers. Those Airmen don't deserve your shit and most of you aren't qualified to dole it out.

Matthew Turner
Matthew Turner
  • Matt Pichelmayer

Drones deserve every bit of respect and recognition coming their way. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/19/world/asia/air-force-drone-operators-show-high-levels-of-stress.html?_r=0

Joseph Robinson
Joseph Robinson
  • Matt Pichelmayer

I agree with you that the drone operators need recognition and respect but to have a medal higher than someone that is or was actually in combat is B.S. I served for 20 years as an Infantryman for all 20 years and yes I have been to combat and received a combat infantrymans badge but to put the Distinguished Warfare Medal higher than that of a Purple Heart or Bronze Star is ridiculous if you ask me.

Jim Tressler
Jim Tressler
  • Matt Pichelmayer

mr turner you are a real stupid person and i bet you never served in combat.... and if so you are probably a drone operator !!!!

Mark Schmitt
Mark Schmitt
  • Matt Pichelmayer

Joseph Robinson and Jim Tressler - 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...

Joseph Robinson and Jim Tressler - 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?

Debora Ann Binegar Howk

My son is putting his life on the line forhis country. I don't believe someone sitting in a room at a control panel should get a higher honor than the one's in combat.

Mark Schmitt
Mark Schmitt
  • Debora Ann Binegar Howk

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.

Jeff Collier
Jeff Collier
  • Debora Ann Binegar Howk

Mark Schmitt ---MANY of us COMBAT VETS have complained about the medals you mentioned---and you see where IT GOT US--THOSE who ren our GOVT are as stupid as a BOX of rocks one day these FOOLISH MEDALS will be reduced to where they really belong--just above the GOOD CONDUCT !

Mark Schmitt
Mark Schmitt
  • Debora Ann Binegar Howk

No, you didn't complain. And if you did, you didn't complain nearly as badly as anyone is now - and it's because why? We're the most requested air asset on the battlefield. Not the A-10, not the F-15E, not the AC-130 gunship. It's the RPA - the MQ-1's and MQ-9's.

Again, it's not a valor medal. Take the time to actually READ the criteria for the medal, it specifically spells it out. Regardless, the precedent already exists that non-valor medals outrank valor medals.

Cindi Elliott Vallee
Cindi Elliott Vallee

Wow everyone! I'm surprised at how nasty some people are. We all have our own opinions, can't we just "argue" our point a little better?

Thom Perkins
Thom Perkins

What a joke. Shame on them for abusing the medals program. They need to earn it the old fashioned way.

Rick Munoz
Rick Munoz

The operators a are in theater but not in DANGER so what is distinguished ! No special medals awards for doing the job !!!!! I won't diminish the job but refuse to allow it to be put on a pedistal

Michael Sumner
Michael Sumner

Perhaps they should go one step further and completely ban the use of any and all unmanned combat devices. We need to keep giving our human troops the oportunity to earn medals for bravery and heroism. We could take all the armor off our hummers and reduce the armor on tanks and APCs. This move to encourage methods of combat which saves the lives of our soldiers is so seriously cutting into the ability of so many to earn awards and medals for risking their lives to earn those Awards and Medals.

Nelson Nolasco
Nelson Nolasco

correction I agree that the medal should not be ranked equally as a combat medal it does not meet the same criteria.

Nelson Nolasco
Nelson Nolasco

to put this in prospective regarding the award that was brought to my attention I have to agree with the secretary of defense this award cannot be ranked as equal to the congressional medal of honor, distinguished service cross, silver or bronze star and the purple heart in my opinion it does not make the requirements to be classified to any medal earned in combat such as the ones that I mentioned.

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