How the U.S. Military does battle has changed, and some key service members never touch foot on the continent they are fighting on. Now, the Department of Defense has a new medal to recognize the efforts of those service members.
“I’m pleased to announce that I formally approve the establishment of new distinguished warfare medal. The medal provides distinct, department-wide recognition for the extraordinary achievements that directly impact on combat operations but do not involve acts of valor or physical risk that combat entails,” said out-going Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Wednesday afternoon.
The Distinguished Warfare Medal will be given to “members of the military whose extraordinary achievements directly impacted combat operations, and cannot be used as an end-of-tour award,” according to a release on the Department’s website.
They provided examples like the operator of an unmanned aerial vehicle who is controlling the system over Afghanistan while based in Nevada, or the soldier at Fort Meade, Maryland, who detects and thwarts a cyberattack on a DoD computer system.