Murkowski: Drone Medal Not Greater Than Purple Heart

U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski recently spoke against the recent creation of the ‘Distinguished Warfare Medal,’ which ranks above combat medals like the purple heart.


The medal was created last month by the former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and would be awarded to military drone pilots.


Matthew Felling in Sen. Murkowski’s office said the Medal would be ranked seventh on an extensive list of medals, which doesn’t sound very high, but…


Felling: “Seventh still puts itself ahead of the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart. These are awards given to people who have either put their body in harms way, in front of a bullet, in front of a IED in modern warfare, or have died. What we want the Defense Secretary to look at is just, give this the smell test and say, cyber war, drones are an incredibly important form of our new military strategy, but does it deserve to be ahead of traditional combat?”

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