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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the Distinguished Warfare Medal is for service members who “are physically removed” from the fight and whose contributions “do not involve acts of valor of physical risk that combat entails.” (Associated Press)

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Say hello, Assad: See the Navy warships off the coast of Syria

The Navy has sent four warships — USS Ramage, USS Mahan, USS Gravely and USS Barry — armed with ballistic missiles into the eastern Mediterranean Sea amid violence in Syria. Navy ships are capable of a variety of military actions, including launching Tomahawk cruise missiles as they did against Libya in 2011.