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BURAWSKI
04-15-2013, 08:14 PM
http://www.navytimes.com/article/20130415/NEWS/304150023/Drone-medal-dumped-59-high-tech-troops-honored-device


I'm really glad to hear about this. Thank goodness for a measure of sanity. I wonder why the SECDEF didn't think this through before the medal was already approved.

BlueScourge
04-16-2013, 12:38 AM
Glad it is gone. But if I am not mistaken it came into being before SECDEF Hagel took over.

Tak
04-16-2013, 01:04 AM
Politics save the day, sad, its our only hope.

CrustySMSgt
04-16-2013, 05:57 AM
Will be interesting to see what "device" they come up with (xbox controller?) and where they "stick it" (so to speak). Device on Bronze Star? (not likely given how much uproar there was over the original decoration) MSM/Commendation/Achievement Medal? Air Medal/Aerial Achievement?

And now were back to, "What's the point?"

imported_Renazance
04-16-2013, 12:18 PM
Will be interesting to see what "device" they come up with (xbox controller?) and where they "stick it" (so to speak). Device on Bronze Star? (not likely given how much uproar there was over the original decoration) MSM/Commendation/Achievement Medal? Air Medal/Aerial Achievement?

And now were back to, "What's the point?"

Like every other medal, they're going to totally undermine the meaning and intent of the award by handing it out to every radio control pilot just for doing their job. I'm sure it'll become automatic like Longevity or Good Conduct medals. It'll be more like "Hey good job, you didn't crash your drone, here's a DMSM with a spiffy drone device" than the actual missions they fly.

Chief_KO
04-16-2013, 12:24 PM
The medal was a good idea, the order of precedence was bad. Wonder what the "device" will be? Maybe a bronze mouse for cyber, joystick for RPAs, and a simple black square for intel.
Wonder how much inflation we'll see...the enlisted receiving an AFAM w/device...the officer receiving an MSM w/device. There already has been aerial achievements given to the RPA world, so that precedent has already been set. For those that complain about the number of medals authorized, remember that the DoD had it right the first time...one medal (GWOT-E) for deployments (no matter where) and the GWOT-S for those supporting the effort from home station. But the troops complained and now we have a single deployment receiving 2-3 medals (not counting the decoration).

Tak
04-16-2013, 12:35 PM
I suggest just a drone coin to hand out, arcade style.

CJSmith
04-16-2013, 12:54 PM
I suggest just a drone coin to hand out, arcade style.

Consider this a postive rep count towards you.

MajesticThunder
04-16-2013, 01:15 PM
http://www.ifma-austin.org/img/ThunderD.jpg


Who needs distinguishing devices?

Organizational politics now has a Distinguished Warfare Medal win-win compromise; all air shows are back on the calendar using money-saving Every Dollar Counts campaign.

:high5

Stalwart
04-16-2013, 01:27 PM
Will be interesting to see what "device" they come up with (xbox controller?) and where they "stick it" (so to speak). Device on Bronze Star? (not likely given how much uproar there was over the original decoration) MSM/Commendation/Achievement Medal? Air Medal/Aerial Achievement?

It does seem like the Aerial Achievement Medal would have been a good (already existing) avenue to appropriately recognize UAS/UAV operators. There is precedent for this as well (http://www.fas.org/irp/news/1997/n19971201_971531.html)

My two cents: I don't disagree with recognizing the operators, but operating a UAS/UAV is not combat for the operator and should not be recognized as such.

Pullinteeth
04-16-2013, 01:41 PM
Will it be a remote controlled device?

Tak
04-16-2013, 02:09 PM
Consider this a postive rep count towards you.

Where I'm going, I don't need reps.

Salty Old Dog
04-23-2013, 06:34 PM
I suggest just a drone coin to hand out, arcade style.

Better make it two coins......those arcade games are expensive, ya know?? ;)

TREYSLEDGE
04-24-2013, 10:57 AM
I'm not sure I like the special device idea either. Should missileers get a device on their medals also? This could expand with other career fields asking for devices particular to their mission. I would think that their wings or occuaptional badges would be an indicator of the type of mission they were doing when they earned their decoration. For an Air Force that eliminated unit badge wear for 90% of units and claimed to want to streamline uniforms, this seems like an unnecessary piece of "flair."