Drone Pilot To Receive First Air Force Medal of Honor Since Vietnam G-Had December 4, 2012 Air Force 78 Comments Follow Duffel Blog: INDIAN SPRINGS, NV – An Air Force drone pilot who managed to fly his MQ-9 Reaper for 120 straight hours through multiple firefights will receive the Medal of Honor, Air Force officials confirmed today. Major Curtis Beasley will be the first Airman to receive the nation’s highest award since the Vietnam War. He is also the first American to receive the Medal of Honor for actions taken inside the United States since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Beasley, from Dubuque, Iowa, will receive the award for his actions at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada during the first days of August 2010. In a week of heavy combat he stayed at his console for more than five straight days, remotely piloting his Reaper drone through dozens of firefights 7,000 miles away in Afghanistan. Eschewing proper meals, Major Beasley survived on “to-go plates” brought to him from the base dining facility by a junior Airman. A nearby bucket was used as a waste receptacle. The medal will be in addition to the multiple Purple Hearts he has already been awarded for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome endured during the same event. He was also honored for a sprained ankle he received tripping over an extension cord while leaving his workstation. Major Beasley received a congratulatory phone call from President Obama at Creech Air Force Base. “When they told me the President of the United States was calling for me, I was a little reluctant to pick up the phone. It was my lunch break, and if you don’t get in line at least an hour early, the only prime rib they have left is medium well.” Major Beasley eventually took the call while sipping a White Russian and sunning himself at the base relaxation pool in-between missions. Beasley’s wife and family have also released a statement saying how proud they were, and how they had eventually forgiven him for missing family Scrabble night during the fighting. “Most people think of drone pilots as glorified computer junkies, but we’re really modern-day snipers,” Major Beasley told Duffel Blog. “We’re out there, days at a time, watching the same compound, with nothing but candy bars from the vending machine to keep us going and the sounds of Sons of Anarchy playing on our iPhones.” The Air Force is already trumpeting Major Beasley as a modern-day Carlos Hathcock, the legendary Marine sniper with 93 confirmed kills in Vietnam. Air Force officials have pointed out that Major Beasley’s 193 confirmed kills during the operation arguably make him one of the greatest marksmen in history. There are already plans to use him in recruiting commercials, similar to the Israeli Defence Force’s public parades for missile ace Idan Yahya. “Air warfare sure has changed,” Major Beasley observed. “Even just a few years ago I could still fly my F-16 over Iraq, monitoring the same compound for hours at a time, eventually directing a laser-guided bomb on it… not like today.” Dougal Canteth says: August 15, 2014 at 11:43 AM Hey!!! I’m adrone pilot, and we do some hairy shit. I mean, I don’t see any of you guys getting out of the rack at 0-dark-thirty to go work the early morning shift to support Delta or Seal Team 6. Do any of you guys support Delta? I think not! So get off your high horses and acknowledge that we do pretty much the same stuff as the infaqntry. In fact, we’re in an AO long before the infantry doing recon etc. Some of our drones even have missles so we can kill shit. Can the infantry or even SF go into someplace like Somalia or Yemen and blow up Terrorists…no! Recognize that our jobs are just as difficult as the guys actually shooting the terrorists. I mean, just the other week my shift ran overtime by about 20 minutes, I had to stay an overwatch some Delta guys rolling up some HVT’s, consequently I missed chow. They didn’t hold the messhall open for me, I had to go all the way down to BK to get a breakfast sandwich…and I’m not even getting spearate rats!!! Bet those Delta guys got good chow. I hear they even have their own cooks! Ed Frizzell says: July 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM This is typical of the current regime, cheapen and change all of our traditions. Richard Galli says: May 9, 2014 at 9:55 AM My memories of visiting RPV pilots up in Kirkuk AFB Iraq was their top shelf sound system, the deep plush faux leather seats, the quality & discerning taste in snacks, mega AC, complete kitchen and they didn’t smell like livestock, like this grunt did. Bradley Jones says: April 26, 2014 at 5:54 PM I disagree with this medal, if the person didn’t risk his life to save others or rick his life to complete his mission its not deserving of the Medal Of Honor Koda Blakwulf says: April 23, 2014 at 9:39 PM Such an inspiring story, wow. Edward Maher says: April 19, 2014 at 2:24 AM What a brave soul, bless him and all Airmen for keeping our country safe, and their chairs warmed. Igor Obodkov says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM Seems like joke… Dick Toft says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM YGBSM Davis Bunting says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM This man is a hero. Tom Kennon says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM WHAT The HELL! Tim Gourley says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM This better be a Joke! J MA Slawson says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM Oh Duffel Blog, you so silly. Edwin Cahill Jr. says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM This can’t be real Pat Knights says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM Chris Kyle: “Bitch, please.” Edward T. Egan says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM I know it’s satire, but it sure sounds real-world. Troy R. Stull says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM Why not? I remember them talking about wanting to issue ‘combat patches’ for Noble Eagle deployments when I was int he Army. George Runkle III says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM Sometimes it gets hard to tell satire from real…damn. Jemar Holmes says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM hahaha…my jtac buddy will love this. Edwin Cahill Jr. says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM But this does sound about right for the chair force… Gary D. Johnson says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM fantastic Roger Cook says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM Sad that more people have been killed in the military for doing their job and get no recognition and he hets the MOH for sitting at a computer….Purple Heart for not picking up his feet….Freaking outstanding! I am glad that it is not me receiving it. I would feel ashame every waking moment of the day! Steve Wilson says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM Air Force? WTF! What happened to the Army Air Corps? Vonnie Hart says: April 16, 2014 at 1:10 AM The number of people who are up in arms about this being real boggles my mind! Haaaave you looked at the headlines of any of the other articles in the sidebar? Check this one out: “Hero MP Stops Speeding Car Going 8 Mph, Saves Countless Lives” or this one: “New Girl On Base ‘Totally Hot’, Report Multiple Sources At Guantanamo”. Come now…let’s pay a little more attention to the content on this site, folks. Though, I can’t fault you for thinking “wtf? Now THIS?”, considering a freakin’ finance troop got a Bronze Star while I was in the desert last year…yeah… Joe Ezell says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Great article. Rivals the QF-4 Flight Demo Team video. Mike Johnson says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM BS! The pilot was never in danger. Gerald Odgers says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM This is pure mith I hope. However I checked factcheck.org and sopes.com and no data was found. This article is now making the interet propaganda mode. What type of medals did the US Airforce award the missle cotrol panel operators during the cold war? Josiah Gravelle says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM so funny Gerald Houck says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Awesome satire! Love it! Tom Allison says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Is this a joke? Josh Robinson says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM I love the shout out to Sgt. Dakota Meyer in this article with the part about the POTUS’ phone call. John Matye says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Now take off that flight suit while you’re at it…I’m pretty sure Nomex isn’t an issue for sim type facilities! Tyler Jadams says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Thank you so much to Duffle Blog, for always being able to make me laugh no matter how bad things get. keep reporting the REAL news, my brethren. Drew Johnson says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM THIS is a JOKE.. right? or typical Air Farce? Captain Drew Johnson USNR-Ret. Naval Aviator – 30 yrs. Robert Enriquez says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM I have a few buds that think they should get medal of hour. Joe PL says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM No fricken way! Ray Cockerham says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM OMG TOO FUNNY. Istvan Xwarzbek says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM I know Glorious Leader Kim will re-post. Ken Con Reeves says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM This better be a joke……… Kara Ray says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM haha. This is funny. Martyn K Andrew says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM This is satire? Are you sure? Damn. I’m sure some where there is someone putting paperwork in for a medal. Matt Holzmann says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Was he wearing Depends as well? This would of course have entitled him to at least 2 DFC’s, a Good Conduct Medal, and a “date” with Kim Kardashian, if you know what I mean. David Riopelle Spencer says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Front line soldiers who put their ass on the line deserve these type of commendations. Sorry, but I don’t agree with this recognition in the slightest. Jeanette Shepp Conrad says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Congrats to Major Beasley! Job well done! You all have no clue! I thank these airmen for the hard job they do! They are protecting your asses you morons! How dare you dog the military! Don’t like the air force.. leave the country! We need to support our men and women not make immature comments like you do! John Arias says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM What a disgrace to the Medal of Honor Recipients of the passed. What danger was he in, falling asleep from being overtired and cutting his forehead on the control panel. Not even physically being in a Combat Zone, and to think this Gamer Soldier will receive a lifetime of pay and medical care when Disabled Veterans are not getting justification. Steve Newby says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM “Most people think of drone pilots as glorified computer junkies, but we’re really modern-day snipers,” Major Beasley told The Duffel Blog. “We’re out there, days at a time, watching the same compound, with nothing but candy bars from the vending machine to keep us going and the sounds of Sons of Anarchy playing on our iPhones.”. HA! What about the scouts and others on the ground in country confirming the information for you with only an MRE and the sounds of gunfire..whoever wrote this article should be required to enlist in a service an spend 18 months in a combat zone..frackin idiot! out there? your stupid! William Mauriello says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM HAHAHAHAHA! Wow, I’m practically speechless. This guy gets Purple Hearts for carpal tunnel and a sprained ankle and is being awarded the Medal Of Honor for flying a drone in a completely safe environment facing no danger? Unbelievable. I bet he has horrible PTSD as well. How’d you get your Medal Of Honor? Oh, I sat behind a computer screen and flew a predator around for 120 hours and had prime rib for lunch. You? Oh, ya know, CPL Dunham jumped on a grenade for his marines saving their lives. Oh and SGT Rafael Peralta gets shot multiple times in Iraq and then jumps on a grenade to save his fellow Marines lives and receives the Navy Cross. Yeah I definitely feel that you are a real War hero. I’m fucking sick, I had friends, brothers, who got blown to pieces and they received a purple heart, you get it for fucking carpal tunnel. Richard Morey says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Some guys really have to give everything in time of war. Mike Smith says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Go drone pilots make me want to through away my medals I earned in combat in Vietnam. For you to get a war medal makes me want to puke./. Mike Smith says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Hey I found a way to reduce the military and save money. Eliminate the SEALS, Rangers, Special Op, Infantry and replace them all with those brave drone pilots. Mike Smith says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM The difference between a “modern day sniper” is the sniper is in the fighting and getting shot at. You guys set a a desk at Nellis AFB, NV (Las Vegas) and direct drones 2-3,000 miles away. A sniper hits his target and takes it out. You guys have huge collateral damage. What a hero. My grandson grew up playing these games and could do the job. Get you ass in the field and see what it’s like to get shot back at. You “gamers” will never get respect from combat vets. Charity Edgar says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Dubuque, Iowa. haha love it! EJ Bozarth says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Pure bullshit….only people dumber than the author are those that believe this crap. Mark Wolf says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM If this is true then the value of the MoH has seriously dropped. If he accepts this award he does EVERY MoH recipient a disservice. “The requirements for the Medal of Honor were standardized among all the services, requiring that a recipient had “distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.””. What he did was shoot the enemy from the safety of an air conditioned room, in a nice comfy chair, without any possibility of harm coming to him. Read up on what some of the REAL MoH winners went through to receive the award… that guy is friggin’ chump change to what. I cannot believe this is actually real… no way… This… doesn’t even compare to HN Richard De Wert… http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/pers-us/uspers-d/r-dewert.htm or the many others that gave their life to protect others. Steven Lund says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Yup. Sherman was talking about another kind of war! This is satire NOW, but in a few years…….(!) Sharon Jones says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM How much danger was he in? Did he go above and beyond the call of duty at the risk of his own life? Me3tv says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM and NOW it is for REAL! https://www.google.com/url?q=http://www.boston.com/business/news/2013/02/13/pentagon-creates-new-medal-for-cyber-drone-wars/D265C91RrHasLVzjFNdz6J/story.html&sa=U&ei=Eg4cUYz0FrO42gXa2YDgDg&ved=0CAcQFjAA&client=internal-uds-cse&usg=AFQjCNH7iPfBoWdYOsdV7cQAS_MALvDT5A Carl Patten says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM This is funny. Sorry Wingnuts.. Frank Saldivar says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM this medal is dignified as a hero medal and I understand these drivers deserve recognition toy or not it still takes a man on the trigger to be able to respond to the threts on the ground they deserve this but boots on the ground are the most gutsiest thing there is it should be awarded benieth the purple heart in status not above boots on the ground these men that are in harms way are our founders in battle please respect our soldiers and pilots as we have always done in the past I am a 35 year retired vet air force and should never be placed above boots on the ground but as air crew we could be shot down and end up there so place this medal below a purple heart. with all respect to the men deserving this its just plain sense. Kevin Weeks says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Is this a joke? Joe Madre says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM sounds legit Carol Phillips says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM I haven’t experienced combat, so I apologize to those of you in the mix. However, I remember seeing the discrepancies between Army and AF when I was in Texas and in Egypt. Getting a “combat” award while sitting in a protected room is BS. Thank you for the humor! Ask Nod says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM We in the AF joined (in 1969) because we abhorred walking or marching. It’s uncivilized and causes flat feet. Nobody marches into combat anymore. Air Superiority, baby. I can remember roughing it horribly up in Laos during the Vietnam Misunderstanding in 70. Hundreds of klics from Vientiane (and civilization) and no ice for Tanqueray and Tonic. At one point we were reduced to grinding up quinine pills and mixing them with Perrier in lieu of Tonic water. Air America was far more civilized. The Army and the Marines were too “earthy”. As for the Navy, well, the water view was probably very entertaining for a day or two but it wasn’t like you could just pick up and fly down to Udorn for some single malt scotch, good chow and wild women. Things have gone downhill ever since. Eric Beasley says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM More Beasley’s should be honored with the CMH. But I’m a little biased. Bruce MacDonald says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM This is a joke, right? Justin Aberth says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM ACTUAL report: my squadron tried to award a distinguished flying cross to a drone pilot. Thank God cooler heads prevailed. Kirsten Corrao says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM I just threw up a little. EJ Bozarth says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Off we go, on a 1 hour test hop. Over the land not over the sea. And for this feat, we get a 3 day furlough. Raise n pay, a DFC. We’re heroes all, if you can tell by medals. We have a lot, get more as we go. We’re of to kill, ourselves we will. Cause nothing can stop the US Air Force. Those raving assholes. Nothing can stop the US Air Force. From getting medals. Nothing can stop the US Air Force. Frederick Bacon says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM “…It was my lunch break, and if you don’t get in line at least an hour early, the only prime rib they have left is medium well.” Classic! Go Air Force! Anonymous says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM I checked at Randolph AFB and the Air Force personnel headquarters denies this story is real. A Medal of Honor involves a risk of life, not a risk of carpel tunnel. So don’t get your panties in a twist about this crap. John Kerins says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM Are you sh*ting me? This has to ba a joke, RIGHT! Mike O'Meara says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM This is absolutely absurd. If this guy had ANY class he would decline the award. This makes me sick….. I am a proud veteran, but this is a huge mistake. Was his knife in danger because he was at a work station for 120 hours? Please. Give him the DFC. Purplie heart for carpel tunnel…..My God, how PC can our military get? Ross Peeler says: April 16, 2014 at 1:09 AM I would suggest that Major Beasley turn down the award. If he does not, I would not go to any MOH reunions if I were him. Moreover, any MOH that I am aware of has a great deal of individual bravery connected to the circumstances of the award, not getting a medium rare prime rib doesn’t count. I think the Purple Heart Awards suck also.