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Drone medal downgraded to lesser distinction

An award for drone operators that drew an angry response from lawmakers has been downgraded to a lesser distinction by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- An award for drone operators that drew an angry response from lawmakers has been downgraded to a lesser distinction by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

Some lawmakers were concerned the medal would be placed above those for battlefield valor, including the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.

After a review and recommendation by top military brass, Hagel says they won’t issue a separate medal.

Instead, a new distinguishing piece will be created and attached to existing medals.

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