Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by tug_boat, Dec 28, 2016.
That may be your "derogatory meaning" but it's certainly not the widely accepted one.
Yes, the End of Tour award...the military equivalent of the "participation" trophy...
The bigger question is why does a fighter pilot who shoots down a scared Iraqi pilot in a rust bucket MIG-23 get a Silver Star, while the attack pilot who destroys a column of APC's and the occupants gets an Air Medal?
Because they knew it was the one and only time that fighter pilot would come close to being a hero in his whooooole career.
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