RAF drone pilots awarded medals for Islamic State airstrikes

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Staff who piloted drones from RAF Waddington in Lincolnshire are set to receive a medal for their working fighting ISIS.

Alongside a team in Nevada, the Waddington personnel amassed a total of 100,000 hours of flying remote aerial systems.

Handed out as part of Operation Shader, the medal without clasp is the first operational service medal to be created since 2003 and has its own distinct ribbon.

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This will become the first time drone crews have received formal recognition in the shape of a medal, something the government thinks highlights how conflict has changed in the modern day.

As part of the announcement, defence secretary Gavin Williamson said: “Our Armed Forces can be extremely proud of the campaign against Daesh.”

He added: “The expanded medal criteria means that those personnel who have played a vital role in defeating Daesh but have been based outside the conventional area of operations will receive the recognition they deserve.

“This new medal reflects the changing character of warfare. I am very pleased that personnel who previously would not have received an operational medal, will now do so.”

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