Tuesday, April 16, 2013

DOD Chief rules out cyber flight medal as a first act

Washington - The new boss at the Pentagon has chosen to scrap plans for a medial that would have honored warriors who fight from cyber space and never set foot in a battle zone.
According to the Pentagon's news agency, "Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has eliminated the Distinguished Warfare Medal, DOD officials announced today.
"Instead, the military will recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present through distinguishing devices that will be affixed to already existing awards.
"Soon after being sworn in as defense secretary Feb. 27, 2013, Hagel asked Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to lead a review of the medal.
“The Joint Chiefs of Staff, with the concurrence of the service secretaries, have recommended the creation of a new distinguishing device that can be affixed to existing medals to recognize the extraordinary actions of this small number of men and women,” Hagel said in a written release.
“I agree with the Joint Chiefs’ findings, and have directed the creation of a distinguishing device instead of a separate medal,” Hagel said in the release.
"Hagel added: “The servicemen and women who operate and support our remotely piloted aircraft, operate in cyber, and others are critical to our military’s mission of safeguarding the nation.”

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