OK. So I borrowed a phrase from Deebow. Can’t help it if the guy is right.
Talk about pissing off the good humor man. This is pathetic. Then again we’re talking Urkel’s DOD. How in the hell can the DOD rate a medal that doesn’t require being in actual combat above one that does like the Bronze Star?
The new blue, red and white-ribboned Distinguished Warfare Medal will be awarded to individuals for ‘‘extraordinary achievement’’ related to a military operation that occurred after Sept. 11, 2001. But unlike other combat medals, it does not require the recipient risk his or her life to get it.
Officials said the new medal will be the first combat-related award to be created since the Bronze Star in 1944.
A recognition of the evolving 21st Century warfare, the medal will be considered a bit higher in ranking than the Bronze Star, but is lower than the Silver Star, defense officials said.
Deebow over at B5 (Black Five) gives us the skinny:
Awesome… We are going to start handing out participation trophies for “extraordinary achievement.” A medal that ranks higher than the Bronze Star for doing a job that I could get any 12 year old boy to do for a raise in his allowance and promising to let him have the new Call of Duty for his birthday. Speaking of that; can I get overseas/combat service credit for all of the Resistance–Fall of Man and Call of Duty playing time I had while deployed?
So this new medal for sitting in an OPS (Operations) center at some undisclosed location will be higher than that? Higher than the Bronze Star that a PFC at a remote COP (Company Observation Post) might be awarded for taking charge of his mortar team during a patrol and providing accurate fires on the enemy after his team leader was wounded? Higher than a Bronze Star awarded to a Buck Sergeant, who after being deployed for 7 months, is working 3 levels higher as the Company First Sergeant in his section because of combat attrition? No disrespect to the Predator driver and missile shooter; you guys are an important component in the battles we fight, but I could get my work done in the ‘Stan without them. They are doing a job that can be done wearing flip-flops while eating take out. The only thing funnier than giving this award would be seeing this medal awarded to the awardees standing at attention in their flight suits.
Read the rest here.