December 2005 Page 11 Gleaned from the Internet—So it must be true Army approves of the Combat Briefing Badge Recognizing the need for an award for troops assigned to headquarters units  during combat operations, the Army today announced the approval of the Combat Briefing Badge, or CBB. “People don't realize that being in a major headquarters can be just as stressful as going on patrols or convoys,” said  MAJ John Remf. “When you're briefing that many General Officers, your career can end in a heartbeat. And it can happen to anyone at any time, not just combat arms soldiers.” DOD statistics note that CSS personnel are more  likely to suffer career-ending incidents in rear areas than Combat Arms Soldiers. “This just reflects that reality,” said Pentagon spokesman LTC Roger Pogue. The award ranks in precedence below the CIB and CAB, but above the EIB and PowerPoint Ranger tab. The criteria for the award is still under discussion, but preliminary guidance authorizes the award for 30 days of continuous briefings of officers at least two grades higher than the briefer without incident while serving in a theater of operations in which the awardee is eligible for hostile fire and hazardous duty pay. (What about the “What the Admiral Meant to Say” medal with Band-Aid clusters?) RADM Earl “Buddy” Yates Named Honorary PAO Rear Admiral Earl P. Yates, USN (Ret.), one time skipper of Commander Seventh Fleet Detachment Charlie in Saigon, has been designated an Honorary Navy Public Affairs Officer under a new USNPAAA program designed to honor persons who are ineligible for membership but who otherwise have strongly supported Navy public affairs programs. USNPAAA member Jack MacKercher nominated his former boss in Vietnam. The nomination and designation of Admiral Yates is the prototype in the new program, in which any USNPAAA member would be permitted to nominate one—and only one—candidate for the honorary designation. As envisioned, a member would send his or her nomination to the board of directors along with a proposed citation. If and when approved, a smooth citation suitable for framing would be returned to the member for presentation or forwarding to honorary PAO. Still to be worked out are projected costs and specific guidance on nomination criteria and eligibility for the designation. In addition to honoring persons outside the PA community, the nominations themselves could provide interesting content for Sightings. New nominations will not be considered until the program design is complete early in the new year, and details will be announced in a forthcoming issue of Sightings. Meantime, the board has heartily approved the nomination of RADM Yates for his work in Saigon and in subsequent assignments, notably as first skipper of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy. According to the citation, Yates “had no academic preparation in public communication nor did he possess specialized public affairs experience. Yet he extended himself into the Vietnam combat arena by ensuring that the public affairs officers, enlisted journalists and photographers of Seventh Fleet's Detachment Charlie under his command, 1966-1967, had his unwavering support. While he fought successfully to gain deserved recognition for our naval aviators by the Republic of Vietnam's leadership and to convince the surface community to undertake gunfire support missions against the enemy on the coast line of North Vietnam, he was equally adept in securing approval for media embarkations on a wide variety of naval operations.” Watch for more information on this program.