The Pentagon has stopped production of the Distinguished Warfare Medal, nicknamed the Drone Strike Medal or Drone Cyberwarfare Medal, after a barrage of criticism and complaints from veterans and lawmakers.
Via Fox News:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the Distinguished Warfare Medal, which was to be awarded to troops who operate drones and use other technological skills to fight America’s wars from afar. Announcement of the review is expected at a Pentagon news conference later Tuesday.
Lawmakers and veterans groups have complained that although troops can get the new medal for work far from the battlefield, it has been ranked above medals for those who served on the front line in harm’s way, such as the Purple Heart given to wounded troops.
Kudos to Chuck Hagel for listening to the concerns veterans had about this medal.
By the way, there is a petition posted on the White House website asking the administration to lower the precedence of the Distinguished Warfare Medal that I would urge you to sign.
When I refreshed the page, it had 81,786 signatures. I refreshed again, and it was 81,783. Last night, in bed, I checked again, and it was down about 20 more. As of right now, the number is 81,633. Is someone from the White House going through and removing duplicates, and fake names? Would they have been doing that at 2:00 a.m. Eastern, last night? Does it seem just a little weird and petty that someone would be up late at night removing names from this petition on an issue veterans feel so strongly about? UPDATE: Fifty minutes later, the number stands at 81,617.
Oh, NEVERMIND… I was reading the numbers backwards! DERP.