by Richard Sheffield
Decorations for Valor
The awarding of a medal for valor in F-19 is solely based on the performance in a single mission. This performance is judged on the basis of your score. To win a second medal of any type you must score twice as many points, for a third medal the point total triples, and so on. If two medals have the same point total, such as the second DFC and the first Silver Star, the most prestigious decoration is awarded. The point totals required are listed below.
|Distinguished Flying Cross||300|
|Air Force Cross||900|
|Congressional Medal of Honor||1200|
Winning the CMOH
The ultimate goal of most F-19 pilots is to eventually win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Once you understand how the scoring system works, winning the CMOH becomes a bit easier. Contrary to what most players think, the best way to win the CMOH is by flying Cold War missions. There are two reasons for this fact. First, you get the most points for completing the primary and secondary missions in Cold War. Secondly, you get a lot of points just for spending time behind enemy lines. These points are awarded several times faster than in Limited War scenarios.
You also need to select the higher levels of difficulty from the setup parameters. Use the following guidelines:
North Cape or Central Europe should be selected as your Region.
Choose a Strike Mission. Not only do you get more points for them, but they can be easier to complete as the targets are stationary and will always be there when you get there.
Choose long-distance missions. The fuel estimate should be at least 9,000 pounds and preferably over 11,500 pounds. This gives two advantages: You get the highest point multiplier for Fuel Required and you must spend a lot of time behind enemy lines.
Try and fight against at least Veteran level troops. It might be possible to win the CMOH against Regular troops, but it won't be easy.
You can get by with Easy Landings, but Realistic would be better.
The End Game must be a safe landing or death. Anything else will probably reduce your score too much. You must complete both the Primary and Secondary missions.
Keep in mind that these are guidelines. There are many combinations of selections. Some will give good results, and some will have bad results. Try to use some of the hardest selections. Winning the CMOH with all the selections at their minimum levels will require a lot of time behind enemy lines.
The COMH, Congressional Medal of Honor. This country's and F-19'5 highest award.