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SASC leaders oppose rank of UAV/cyber medal

By Rick Maze Marine Corps Times

The big guns have now rolled out to shoot down Pentagon plans for a new medal for drone operators that would rank ahead of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart awards for troops who see direct combat.

The top Democrat and top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee have joined an increasingly loud chorus of current and former service members opposed to where the new Distinguished Warfare Medal sits in the order of precedence.

They are asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Vietnam combat veteran, to reconsider ranking of the medal approved by his predecessor, Leon Panetta.

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