In an about-face, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is reviewing a new award for achievements in drone and modern combat skills.
Some members of Congress are concerned the new Distinguished Warfare Medal would trump awards for bravery on the battlefield.
Notable battlefield awards include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Hagel just sent a letter this week to some senators stating his support for the new medal.
But he also says it should not detract from previously created medals.
Hagel received two Purple Hearts as a soldier in Vietnam.