The way we wage war has changed. The battlefield is so often now the internet, the cavalry is so often now unmounted.
In an effort to convince U.S. citizens those methods should and have changed, and in an effort to recognize remote warriors who do battle by drone, the Department of Defense has introduced a new metal for the first time since the Bronze Star in 1944.
The “Distinguished Warfare Metal” is specifically for warriors who don’t earn hazard pay.
“Basically, it’s like online gaming,” said Cory Weldon.
Weldon and his friends sometime go to Beale Air force Base outside of Marysville to watch the planes. He’ll tell you excitedly that he’s seen drones taking-off here before. But he’s not convince that their pilots are the same as a fighter pilot.
And the Department of Defense acknowledges the new metal won’t be for extreme acts of valor, but extreme acts of value. Things like a timely drone strike that saves soldier’s lives or a cyber warrior who foils a plot to bring down our banking system.
“But if their drone gets shot down, they aren’t in any danger,” Weldon said.
Weldon says he particularly troubled that the “Distinguished Warfare Metal” will take precedence over, be considered a high honor than, a Bronze Star.