combat medals for drone pilots

From the Washington Post:

The Pentagon is considering awarding a Distinguished Warfare Medal to drone pilots who work on military bases often far removed from the battlefield….

Charles V. Mugno, head of the Army Institute of Heraldry… said most combat decorations require “boots on the ground” in a combat zone, but he noted that “emerging technologies” such as drones and cyber combat missions are now handled by troops far removed from combat.

The notion of greater recognition for drone pilots has been percolating for some time. Air Force Maj. Dave Blair, writing in the May-June issue of the Air & Space Power Journal, asked how much difference there is in terms of risk “between 10,000 feet and 10,000 miles.”

I agree, Maj. Dave Blair of the USAF! Also, why don’t admin guys filing paperwork back in Colorado get fancy medals with “Warfare” in the name? They contributed, too!

(Full disclosure: the author of this blog may have received, with both gratitude and embarrassment, a “combat patch” and a set of gold cavalry spurs for the brave act of sitting in a bunker in Iraq and working on a computer.)

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