The Patriot Files Forums  

Go Back   The Patriot Files Forums > Conflict posts > Enduring Freedom

Post New Thread  Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-19-2013, 05:25 AM
Stick's Avatar
Stick Stick is offline
Super Moderator
 

Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Fayetteville, Georgia
Posts: 1,404
Distinctions
VOM Staff Contributor 
Default Drone operators medal

Let me see if I have this straight, if you've been awarded a medal for piloting a drone and a Bronze Star and/or a Purple Heart, the display of those medals on your uniform the Drone Medal will be displayed above the Bronze Star or Purple Heart on todays Armed Forces uniforms.
When I was a kid, my dad, my brothers and I loved to play with the model airplanes in the back yard. It wasn't until I arrived "in country" that I was shot at and it took getting shot at to earn that Bronze Star.
Ray Carrol Banks was given a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star for the night he died, the night I kicked Ray out of a guard tower because he was in my way laying on the floor of the tower and I was getting shot at. It was because of that night that Both Ray and I were cited for the Bronze Star. Banks's mother got Rays Purple Heart and Bronze Star at his grave site but only after twenty-one guns were fired.
There are quite a few soldiers who EARNED that Bronze Star and/or Purple Heart who came home in a black plastic bag. They weren't even given a thirteen fold flag until they were carried off of the plane and put into the ground. They never were in a closed room with a TV screen in front of them showing the view from the camera mounted on the "drone" they were remotely opperating from that room. A model plane that they're controling while telling the troops on the ground where the bad guys are.
Where the heck has the value of "EARNED" honors gone?
Am I right or wrong, do you have to be in range to fly a toy in combat? Do you have to be shot at while a camera acts as you eyes? If not I'd go to the recruiter tomorrow but I'll have to carry my cane, the cane I earned "in country" while getting shot at. Of course the recruiter's only going to tell me that I'm too old and lame.
Put a model plane operator in front of me who's wearing his "Drone" medal above a Bronze Star and/or Purple Heart and he'll experience another reason I carry a "BIG STICK."
__________________
With LIBERTY and JUSTICE for all
thanks to the brave who serve their Country
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
  #2  
Old 02-19-2013, 06:14 AM
sfc_darrel sfc_darrel is offline
Senior Member
 

Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Indian Springs, Nevada
Posts: 1,521
Distinctions
Contributor 
Unhappy

Pilots that fly the drones may not be any happier than anyone else about this.

If the military thinks that quafied pilots will feel better about their job because they can earn a medal that is displayed above the Bronze Star, they may be surprised at the effect.



More drone pilots and spouses in counseling.
__________________
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Air Force Drone Operators Report High Levels of Stress The Patriot Air Force 0 12-19-2011 11:20 PM
Air Force Drone Operators Show High Levels of Stress The Patriot Air Force 0 12-19-2011 07:20 AM
Air Force Drone Operators Show High Levels of Stress The Patriot Air Force 0 12-18-2011 09:20 PM
US drone operators show signs of exhaustion - USA Today The Patriot Air Force 0 12-18-2011 04:20 PM
Should CIA Drone Operators Worry? darrels joy Twenty First Century 1 12-18-2009 08:13 AM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 10:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.