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Pentagon award to recognize US drone operators

The new honor comes as part of a yearlong Pentagon review of how the US military gives awards, sometimes criticized as taking too long or being too stringentThe US military will create a new way to recognize drone operators and other service members who contribute to America’s fighting efforts from afar. According to a Pentagon memo due out Thursday, the military will introduce a new “R” designation — known as a “device” — that can be attached to medals given to drone operators and other non-combat troops, such as cyber warriors who hack enemy networks. The new honor comes as part of a yearlong Pentagon review of how the US military gives awards, sometimes criticized as taking too long or being too stringent.

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