Maybe something like this.
Maybe it's being pedantic, but:
"Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower...had 10 ribbons
on his uniform when he left the military after nearly 34 years of commissioned service."
While it does not diminish his leadership or accomplishments, Ike never served in a combat zone in his entire career. I'd submit that a professional staff guy with a similar career wouldn't end up with too many more ribbons these days.
There are a lot of these "everyone gets a NAM, it's like participation ribbons, grumble harrumph" discussions floating around. And I don't disagree with the idea that the awards system is screwy, I don't think the problem is giving out too many awards. The problem is focusing on EOT awards and getting locked into the idea (because of EOT awards, I would argue) that paygrade equals what kind of award you can get.
I've had pushback for giving medals for merit - one of my coxswains did a superb job getting a boarding team on and off a suspect boat in really rough seas; the Coastie chief on the boarding team said it was some of the best small-boat handling he'd ever seen. My coc fought it because "it set a bad precedent to give an E-3 a NAM, and anyway he was just doing his job." The Coasties, to their credit, thought that was horseshit and gave him a CGAM.