Gleaned from the InternetSo 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
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 oneand only onecandidate 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
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
Watch for more information on this program.