cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
According to the Marine Corps Times, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta discussed the newest medal created by the Defense Department; it is called the Distinguished Warfare Medal. This medal is destined to become the fourth highest ranking medal just above the Bronze Star. It will be awarded to people who are drone pilots and to cyber warfare specialists among others. Of course, those people seldom if ever are facing an enemy combatant. Most are stationed in combat-free zones thousands of miles from the enemy they are targeting in the case of drone pilots or sitting at a computer terminal writing code or monitoring systems in the case of cyber warfare specialists.
The Bronze Star as originally conceived is awarded to “a person of any branch of the military service who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States on or after December 7, 1941, shall have distinguished himself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy.”
This must give past recipients of significant military awards a warm and fuzzy feeling. There has been a degradation of other awards over time such as in how the Combat Action Badge can be earned as demonstrated in Afghanistan. Convoy leaders have stopped their convoys at the sound of distant gunfire, have expended hundreds of rounds and radioed that they are “troops in contact” to establish a record of the incident for later use in justifying the Combat Action Badge according to those who have served in Afghanistan.
Are we headed in the right direction?