This story about two Air Force personnel being attacked for being awarded the Bronze Star is pretty disappointing:
Two female airmen who were awarded the Bronze Star have been targeted by cyber bullies who claim they do not deserve their awards, the Air Force Times reported, generating a wider discussion of who should be eligible for the medal.
Tech. Sgt. Christina Gamez, a financial analyst with the 802nd Comptroller Squadron, and Tech. Sgt. Sharma Haynes of the 7th Comptroller Squadron both received their awards for meritorious service in Afghanistan, according to the Air Force Times.
Stories about both awards were posted on the Air Force website and drew dozens of comments attacking the women as well as the decision to award them Bronze Stars. The Air Force removed the story about Gamez “because no one deserves that level of criticism for meritorious service in a combat zone,” David Smith, a spokesman for Air Education and Training Command, told the Times. [Stars & Stripes]
These two Air Force personnel shouldn’t be attacked because it isn’t like they gave themselves the Bronze Star. Somebody recommended them and then a general officer signed off on the awards. If the commenters critical of these two Air Force personnel want to attack someone then attack the general that signed off on the award. Also something else people need to realize that often servicemembers are awarded the Bronze Star not because of heroic combat actions but because of the amount of responsibility they had while deployed. Some general officer agreed that these two Air Force NCO’s had enough responsibility and did their job well enough to be awarded the Bronze Star.