New Distinguished Warfare Medal Announced

New Distinguished Warfare Medal Announced

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Recently the Secretary of Defense announced the authorization of a new United States military medal. The Distinguished Warfare Medal is now among the ranks of every other prestigious award that has ever been offered to the brave men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. The medal is dedicated to recognizing military efforts that surpass the requirements of the Bronze Star medal. It is also specific to only those who have served since September 11th 2001.

Below is a transcript of the official announcement. You can also download the PDF version here.

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SUBJECT: Distinguished Warfare Medal

It gives me great pleasure to announce the creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medals (DWM). The DWM provides distinct Department of Defense (DOD)-wide recognition for extraordinary achievement, not involving acts of valor, directly impacting combat operations or other military operations, such as operations authorized by a Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Execute Order, as approved by me.

The DWM provides an avenue to recognize appropriately extraordinary direct impacts on combat operations warranting recognition above the Bronze Star Medal. Since September 11, 2001, technological advancements have, in some cases, dramatically changed how we conduct and support combat and other military operations,. Accordingly, the DWM award criteria intentionally does not include a geographic limitation on award, as it is intended for use as a means to recognize Service members who meet the criteria, regardless of the domain used of the member’s physical location. Given the DWM’s level-of-precedence, immediately below the Distinguished flying Cross, the member’s actions must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from comrades or from other persons in similar situations.

The DWM may not be awarded for actions prior to September 11, 2001. Each Military Department Secretary is the approval authority for award of the DWM. This authority may not be delegated. Subsequent to the date of this memorandum, each Military Department Secretary shall establish procedures for processing requests for award of the DWM within their respective Military Department.

Award criteria are attached and will be incorporated into the next revision of the DoD Manual 1348.33-V3, “Manual of Military Decorations and Awards,” Volume 3.

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The Distinguished Warfare Medal is described as:

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A brass pendant. 1 7/8 inches in height with a laurel wreath encircling a domed and grid-lined globe. at center the Department of Defense (DoD) Eagle surmounts a diamond shape and at top a six pointed starburst. On the reverse the laurel wreath encircles an engraving plaque between the inscriptions “DISTINGUISHED WARFARE” and DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE”.

Symbolism: The wreath honors the recipient’s significant meritorious achievement to battlefield operations. The globe and gridlines signify that the operational support or other military engagement may be performed remotely. The diamond shape symbolizes the four corners of the glove, representing the operational reach of our armed forces in the defense of liberty and justice. The DoD Eagle indicates the medal is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense. Operational magnitude and mission success are denoted by the six pointed star symbolizing an ordinance burst and target neutralization.

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  1. Kirk at 10:21 am
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    Critics have panned it as the "Chair-borne Medal," "the Nintendo Medal," "Distant Warfare Medal" and "the Purple Buttocks," alluding to fact that computer-based warriors do their work from a chair, among other names.

    Top veterans groups and a rare bipartisan alliance on Capitol Hill are intensely lobbying the Pentagon and President Obama to downgrade the award.

    "We are supportive of recognizing and rewarding such extraordinary service, but in the absence of the service member exposing him or herself to imminent mortal danger, we cannot support the DWM taking precedence above the Bronze Star and Purple Heart," a bipartisan group of 48 lawmakers wrote new Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday.

    "Possibility of death or grievous bodily harm" are key factors that should elevate recipients of those awards above others who didn't face those risks, the group wrote.

    The letter was penned by 34 Republicans and 14 Democrats, including Republican Reps. Joe Wilson of South Carolina and Darrell Isa of California and Democratic Reps. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois and Susan Davis of California.

    Officials with the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars said they have already been pressing the administration to downgrade the award, saying that bestowing a higher-ranked medal to service members who fought from "behind a desk" is disrespectful to those serving in harm's way.

    So far the administration has shown no sign of backing down.

    From: ABC OTUS News – 'The Nintendo Medal'? New Military Award for Drone Pilots Draws Hill Protest (ABC News)

    • Steve Martin at 5:40 pm
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      Kirk, I agree with findings. This award is for bureaucrats and it downgrades the Bronze Star for those who received them in a war zone.

      It's simply a bad idea.

  2. Msgt. Joel L USAF at 1:55 am
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    This award has been specifically established to recognize drone pilots sitting at Nellis flying missions throughout AFG! Look at the criteria and the defining info.

  3. Gerry W. Howard at 9:34 am
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    This medal is a disgrace to the tradition of boots on the ground valor. To place it ahead of the Bronze Star/V is a load of crap! That would make it behind only the MOH, DSC, and Silver Star. Whoever or whatever politician or desk jockey who came up with this is an idiot, a disrespectful, insulting buffoon who should never have the authority to do this. O K give the joy stick operators in the rear a medal but downgrade it where it belongs, along side the other "service" awards.
    Gerry W. Howard A-1-8 Inf Reg. 4th ID May69-March70

  4. JOHN WWII KOREA. at 7:54 pm
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    PROBABLY A LOT OF EGOS ARE INVOLVED IN THAT AWARD.
    HOWEVER, WHEN ONE IS UP CLOSE TO THE ENEMY AS COMPARED TO BEHIND A COMPUTOR
    I SAY WEAR IT WITH SHAME BECAUSE ALL HANDS WILL KNOW WHAT A JOKE THE MEDAL REPRESENTS. OUR COMANDER IN CHIEF; NEVER SERVING IN THE MILITARY DOES NOT REALIZE HIS MISTAKE

  5. Johnf535 at 12:03 am
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    I got what you intend, appreciate it for posting . Woh I am lucky to find this website through google.

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