Top honor for combat controller?


Columbist Robert F. Dorr wrote last week about Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez, the combat controller who stared down death to call in airstrikes and save his Special Forces A-team.

Dorr, who knows a thing or two about the Air Force, was unequivocal in his writing: “His heroism was unrelenting; his dedication to his service and his country, indisputable.

For his actions, Gutierrez is nominated for an Air Force Cross, the service’s second highest valor award. He should, however, receive the Medal of Honor.

Only the nation’s highest distinction is appropriate for the combat controller, who lost half his blood from a bullet wound yet never stopped fighting, calling in one airstrike after another.”

Part of Dorr’s column (no link available, but a similar column is here) is a plea for more “balance” among the services in the awarding of the Medal of Honor.

We want to hear from you: Do you think the Air Force is being short-changed? Should Gutierrez receive the Medal of Honor? Feel free to add your comments below.


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