Friday, March 08, 2013

Around the Horn

Just a few items...  There's this, for starters:
Lawmakers Seek to Change New Medal's Precedence: H.R. 833, a bill introduced in the House that would prohibit the Department of Defense from rating the new Distinguished Warfare Medal as equal to, or higher than, the Purple Heart, had more than 40 co-sponsors as of March 7, according to the Library of Congress' bill-tracking website. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), a former marine, introduced the bill on Feb. 26, along with Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.), an Army veteran, and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), a Navy Reservist. "Combat valor awards have a deep and significant meaning to those who serve in America's military," said Hunter in a release that same day. He said while there's nothing wrong with a medal "that recognizes commendable actions" off the battlefield—as the DWM is meant to do—"it's absolutely necessary to ensure that combat valor awards are not diminished in any way." The Pentagon introduced the DWM last month, saying it would rank in precedence above the Bronze Star Medal and sit directly below the Distinguished Flying Cross. This drew criticism from some veterans' groups. "If the Pentagon will not reconsider the decision to rank this medal above the Purple Heart, the House will take action," said Murphy. (See also Rooney release.)
It's not often one can say "way t'go!" or similar about our congresscritters.  But this time?  Yes.

Here's lookin' at you, Kid...

Air Frame: A pilot sits in the cockpit of his F-16 Fighting Falcon prior to takeoff at Nellis AFB, Nev., during the Red Flag 13-3 air combat training exercise, Feb. 25, 2013. (Air Force photo by SSgt. Kenny Holston)
An interesting perspective, non?

And finally, in keeping with our aviation/military theme:



  1. Ironic what the voting public's representatives can accomplish when it becomes personal... innit?

  2. I echo your "way t'go!" to the congress people in question. Where is the Pentagon coming from on this anyway?

    Love that cartoon.

    1. The thing that really pisses me off about the brass is the way they've dug their heels in and said... basically... "Suck it up. This is the way it IS and how it's gonna stay." Arrogant bastards.

    2. I remember the saying we had:
      "If it moves, salute it. If it doesn't, paint it."


Just be polite... that's all I ask.