Hagel Orders Review Of Controversial ‘Drone Medal’
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has ordered a review of the so-called "drone medal" to be led by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, according to Stars and Stripes.
The Distinguished Warfare Medal's ranking above the Purple Heart and Bronze Star has raised the ire of veterans groups and lawmakers alike.
The Associated Press reported today that production on the medal has actually been halted as a result of Hagel's decision to order a review.
An anonymous government official told the A.P. the reason for the production stop:
If the review agrees with complaints about the medal, it would likely have to be renamed and new medals manufactured...
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