Hagel Halts Drone Medal
Chuck Hagel has cemented his legacy as the greatest Secretary of Defense ever.
WaPo (“Hagel orders halt to production of drone pilot, cyberwarrior medal“):
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the military to stop production of a controversial new medal pending a 30-day study of whether the award for drone pilots and cyberwarriors should outrank medals given for battlefield bravery.
The Distinguished Warfare Medal, approved by former secretary Leon E. Panetta during his final days in office last month, was criticized by members of Congress and veterans groups because it was ranked above the Bronze Star and Purple Heart in the military’s order of precedence.
The official said Hagel placed Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in charge of the review and asked him to report back in 30 days.
My guess remains that the medal is retained but appropriately ranked.