Monday, March 11, 2013

Benchmarking the Bronze Star

We all have stories of, "They got a Bronze Star for what?"

9.9 times out of 10 it isn't that you don't think what they did was good or great - but just that one has an idea what a Bronze Star should be for, and that ain't it.

That boat sailed a long time ago, but this almost gets a shark jumping award.
After the accidental burning last year of Qurans by U.S. troops in Afghanistan sparked deadly rioting, an Air National Guard chaplain from Springfield stepped in and potentially saved countless American lives.

For his effort, Lt. Col. Jon Trainer received the prestigious Bronze Star — a medal given for heroic or meritorious achievement in connection with operations against an armed enemy.

And he did it with a PowerPoint presentation.
The ensuing outrage claimed more than 30 lives, including two U.S. troops and two U.S. military advisers.

Within 48 hours, Trainer developed a PowerPoint presentation on the proper handling and disposal of Islamic religious material that was seen by every American — military and civilian alike — in Afghanistan. The presentation then was distributed to the U.S. for use in all pre-deployment training.
Good work and not to take anything away from the good Chaplain - but a Bronze Star?

Also - 48-hrs for a PPT? I know that on both the USA and ISAF side of the house, there was already a lot of info out there on Koran handling (it has been an issue for a decade, dontchaknow).

So, consolidating a variety of sources in to a PPT in two days for something important gets ... a Bronze Star.

OK, as long as we are defining our terms correctly. Noted.


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