Pentagon Unveils New Honorary Medal For Heroic Drone Operators

The previously discussed ‘Distinguished Warfare’ medal for the people pressing the kill button for unmanned drones is now a reality, CNET News reports:

This would be a first. The Distinguished Warfare Medal, a nearly two-inch-tall brass pendant below a ribbon with blue, red and white stripes, will be handed out to people judged to have racked up “extraordinary achievement” directly tied to a combat operation but at a far remove from the actual battlefield. This is said to be the first new combat-related award since the 1944 creation of the Bronze Star.

In taking this step, the Pentagon is explicitly recognizing the increasing importance of cyberwar and drone activities to the nation’s defense complex. Indeed, the U.S. Air Force is on record predicting that by 2023 one-third of its attack and fighter planes will be drones.

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19 Responses to Pentagon Unveils New Honorary Medal For Heroic Drone Operators

  1. Juan February 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Sure, why the fuck not? They already give medals for murdering innocents directly and in person. It only makes sense that they would as well for murder at a distance.
    Psychopathic bastards!

  2. JaceD February 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    10 Kill Streak! Achievement Unlocked: Killer Drone Master. I hope these drone pilots feel the shame they should for “earning” this medal, although I suspect they’ll feel nothing but pride for killing “terrorists”

  3. JaceD February 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    10 Kill Streak! Achievement Unlocked: Killer Drone Master. I hope these drone pilots feel the shame they should for “earning” this medal, although I suspect they’ll feel nothing but pride for killing “terrorists”

  4. BuzzCoastin February 15, 2013 at 7:11 pm #

    the medal depicts a kid with a video game controller in one hand
    and a bag Cheetos in the other
    with a tin foil hat on his head & a Mario Bros t-shirt
    underneath is the phrase
    Who knew videos games would payoff?
    Big Homelander that’s who!

  5. Adam Goodwin February 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    I doubt there’ll be an Air Force in 2023, thankfully.

  6. Adam Goodwin February 15, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    I doubt there’ll be an Air Force in 2023, thankfully.

  7. Hadrian999 February 15, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    If you are gonna kill a man you should at least give him a chance to kill you.

  8. Anarchy Pony February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh for fuck’s sake…

  9. Anarchy Pony February 15, 2013 at 10:17 pm #

    Oh for fuck’s sake…

    • Zenc February 15, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      Yeah, especially considering this new medal rates above the “Bronze Star with Valor”.

    • Zenc February 15, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

      Yeah, especially considering this new medal rates above the “Bronze Star with Valor”.

      • Hadrian999 February 15, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

        should rate far below a blue cord

      • Hadrian999 February 15, 2013 at 11:44 pm #

        should rate far below a blue cord

      • Calypso_1 February 18, 2013 at 11:12 am #

        What I want to know is if Nintendo thumb will declared a combat wound eligible for a purple heart.

  10. Adam Goodwin February 15, 2013 at 11:24 pm #

    What’s with all the fucking down votes? Some US forces trolls lurking around?

    • JaceD February 16, 2013 at 6:44 am #

      We’re probably ruining the dreams of many 12 year old FPS fans by not supporting their right to earn real life prizes by killing real life people… from behind a computer monitor of course, wouldn’t want to stray too far from redtube I’d imagine.

  11. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness February 16, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    If they really want to inspire these losers to kill better, they should give out hats. Not real ones, those are for IRLfags. No, these hats should decorate virtual avatars; preferably with my little pony themes. That’s right, our national security lies in the hands of Bronies. Deal with it.

  12. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness February 16, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    If they really want to inspire these losers to kill better, they should give out hats. Not real ones, those are for IRLfags. No, these hats should decorate virtual avatars; preferably with my little pony themes. That’s right, our national security lies in the hands of Bronies. Deal with it.

  13. Haystack February 17, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    I heard one of those guys flew two consecutive drone missions without getting up to pee.

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