The Department of Defense yesterday announced it was scrapping its plan to create a new medal to honor “cyberwarriors,” such as those who remotely pilot unmanned drones. The medal invited criticism and controversy when it was announced it would rank above the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
— Jason Robertson (@JasonMRobertson) April 15, 2013
In a statement issued today, Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) applauded the decision while clarifying his opposition to the medal.
Our problem has never been the creation of a new medal for cyber warriors and pilots of UAVs, rather the fact that initial proposals intended to rank this medal higher than the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart even though it would honor service away from the front lines.
While we should acknowledge the important role that our UAV pilots play on the modern-day battlefield and recognize their distinguished service, we must recognize the preeminence of commendations for those commit acts of bravery in combat and are killed or injured in service to our nation.
As an alternative, the Defense Department has said it will create “a special pin or device that would be attached to already existing medals or ribbons.”
— Ron DeSantis (@RepDeSantis) April 16, 2013
Finally,Hagel does the right thing fb.me/1DSpj9kGr
— Lou Dobbs (@loudobbsnews) April 16, 2013
“I applaud SECDEF Hagel’s decision to cancel DWM medal & uphold the honor of Bronze Star & Purple Heart” Sen Inhofe politi.co/ZWrQtk
— Inhofe Press Office (@InhofePress) April 16, 2013
— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) April 15, 2013
So far, I like this guy. A lot. Hagel Scraps Drone Medal bit.ly/YZwsDo
— Gary Owen (@ElSnarkistani) April 16, 2013
— Andrew Exum (@abumuqawama) April 16, 2013
The decision has won some respect for new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, but drone pilots still have quite a way to go.
Pentagon Cancels Medal For Moving A Joystick In An Air-Conditioned Trailer In Nevada thegi.st/12k25YU
— someecards (@someecards) April 16, 2013
Pentagon drops drone medal – instead, you have to settle for Chuck E. Cheese tickets coming out of the CPU when you bravely hit a “target”.
— Boyd’s Pittiful News (@ThePittifulNews) April 16, 2013
Why not a beautiful bejeweled brooch? RT @huffpostpol Hagel cancels new medal for drone and cyber-warriors; wants them to get special pin.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) April 15, 2013
Guess they couldn’t fit the joystick on the ribbon bar: Hagel drops controversial medal for drone operators nbcnews.to/Yqzi0C
— Hatton Humphrey (@ECConservative) April 15, 2013