Category Archives: Medals

Philippine Defense Liberation Independence Medal

Philippine Defense Medal

The Philippine Defense Medal is a military award of the Republic of the Philippines, which is awarded in memory of initial resistance against Japanese invasion between the dates of December 1941 and June 1942. It was first established as a band in December 1944 and a full-sized medal was approved in July 1945.

InstitutedType
1944Non U.S. Service Medal
Philippine Defense Medal
Philippine Defense Medal

Eligiblity Requirements

Philippine Defense Medal eligiblity requirement: the medal is awarded to any service member, or Philippine army or allied armed force, which took part in the defense of the Philippines between December 8, 1941 and June 15, 1942. Participation in any effort against enemy territory Philippines, in Philippine waters, either in the air or on the water on the Philippines. A military personnel awarded for combat service in the defense of the Philippines
from December 8, 1941 to June 15, 1942, if the Service member was:

  1. A member of the Bataan or Manila Bay Forces or of a
    unit, ship, or airplane under enemy attack.
  2. Assigned or stationed in the Philippine territories or
    waters for at least 30 calendar days from December 8, 1941 to June 15, 1942

Order of Precedence

Philippine Defense Medal is order of precedence: The Philippine Defense Ribbon is worn after Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Ribbon and before Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Authorized Devices

A Service member who meets both conditions cited in
paragraph above, is authorized to wear a bronze star on the service ribbon.

Bronze Service Star
Bronze Service Star

Philippine Defense Ribbon

Members of the United States Armed Forces entitled to the Philippine Defense Medal were also eligible to receive the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with a bronze “battle star” for participation in the defense of the Philippines.

Philippine Defense Ribbon
Philippine Defense Ribbon

Philippine Liberation Medal

The Philippine Medal of Liberation is a military award from the Republic of the Philippines, created by order of the Commonwealth Army Headquarters of the Philippines on December 20, 1944. The award was given to every member of the Commonwealth of the Philippines and the military Allies who participated in the liberation of the Philippine Islands between October 17, 1944 and September 2, 1945.

InstitutedType
1944Non U.S. Service Medal
Philippine Liberation Medal
Philippine Liberation Medal

Eligiblity Requirements

Philippine Liberation Medal is awarded for participation in the liberation of the Philippines
from October 17, 1944 to September 3, 1945, if the Service member did the following:

  1. Participated in the initial landing operations on Leyte
    or adjoining islands from October 17, 1944 to October 20, 1944. Service members
    are considered to have participated in such operations if they landed on Leyte or the
    adjoining islands, were on a ship in the waters of the Philippines, or a crew member of
    an airplane that flew over Philippine territories during the period indicated.
  2. Participated in any engagement against enemy forces
    during the campaign on Leyte and the adjoining islands. Service members are
    considered to have participated in such operations if they were assigned to ground, naval,
    or air units actually under enemy attack.
  3. Served in the Philippine Islands or aboard ships in the
    waters of the Philippines for at least 30 calendar days during October 17, 1944 to September 3, 1945

Order of Precedence

Philippine Liberation Medal order of precedence: Philippine Liberation Ribbon is worn after Philippine Defense Ribbon and before Philippine Independence Ribbon

Authorized Devices

  1. A Service member who meets both conditions cited in
    paragraph above is authorized to wear a bronze star on the service ribbon.
  2. Service members who meet two of the conditions in
    paragraph above are authorized to wear a bronze star on the service ribbon.
  3. Service members meeting all three conditions shall wear two bronze stars.
Bronze Service Star
Bronze Service Star

Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Philippine Liberation Ribbon
Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Philippine Independence Medal

Awarded to Service members who are recipients of both the Philippine Defense and Philippine Liberation ribbons.

InstitutedType
1946Non U.S. Service Medal
Philippine Independence Medal
Philippine Independence Medal

The Philippine Independence Medal is a military decoration of the Republic of the Philippines that was created by order of the Philippine Army Headquarters on July 3, 1946. The Philippine Independence Medal was created to recognize members of the military Who had participated in multiple Philippine military during the years of World War II.

Eligibility Requirements

To be awarded the Philippine Medal of Independence, a service member must have previously received the Philippines Medal of Defense and the Philippine Medal of Liberation. The service member must also have fulfilled the active military duty in the Philippines after July 4, 1946. The award criteria awarded the medal to anyone who had participated in the initial resistance against the Japanese invasion and also in the campaigns for to free the Philippines from Japanese Occupation in 1945.

Order of Precedence

Philippine Independence Medal order of precedence: Philippine Independence Ribbon is worn after Philippine Liberation Ribbon and before United Nations Ribbon.

Philippine Independence Ribbon

Philippine Independence Ribbon
Philippine Independence Ribbon

United Nations Medal

United Nations Service Medal

United Nations Service Medal is awarded to U.S. armed for personnel who are participants in designated U.N. missions or
actions.

InstitutedType
1950Non U.S. Service Medal
United Nations Medal
United Nations Medal

Authorization

This medal was authorized by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 12, 1950. The Department of Defense authorized it for the United States armed forces on Nov. 27, 1951.

Eligibility Criteria

United Nations operations for which members of the U.S. armed forces may accept and wear the United Nations Medal

  1. United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization in Palestine Jun 1948 – TBA
  2. United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan Jan 1949 – TBA
  3. United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon Jun 1958 – Dec 1958
  4. United Nations Security Forces, Hollandia (UNSFH) Dates Unknown
  5. United Nations Iraq/Kuwait Observation Group Apr 1991 – TBA
  6. United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara May 1991 – TBA
  7. United Nations Advance Mission in Cambodia Oct 1991 – Mar 1992
  8. United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia Feb 1992 – TBA
  9. United Nations Protection Force in Yugoslavia Feb 1992 – TBA
  10. United Nations Mission in Haiti Sep 23, 1994 – TBA
  11. United Nations Opn Somalia (include U.S. Quick Reaction Force) Apr 24 1992 – TBA

Order of Precedence

United Nations Medal is worn after Philippine Independence Medal and before Nato Medal.

Subsequent Awards

Prior to 13 October 1995, all US Military personnel wore the blue and white United Nations Ribbon (UNTSO) regardless of the ribbon awarded. On 13 October 1995, the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness) approved a change to the wear policy of the United Nations Medal. Effective on that date, personnel who are awarded the United Nations Medal may wear the first medal and ribbon for which they qualify. Subsequent awards of the United Nations Medal for service in a different mission will be denoted by a bronze service star. Not more than one ribbon may be worn at any time.

Authorized Devices

Bronze service stars

Bronze Service Star
Bronze Service Star

United Nations Ribbon

United Nations Ribbon
United Nations Ribbon

Korea Service United Nations Medal

Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who participated in the U.N. action in Korea and
who are also eligible for the Korean Service Medal.

InstitutedType
1951Non U.S. Service Medal
United Nations Korea Service Medal
United Nations Korea Service Medal

Eligibility Criteria

Service on behalf of the United Nations in Korea between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954.

Subsequent Awards

No subsequent Awards

Authorized Devices

No authorized devices

Korea Service United Nations Ribbon

United Nations Korea Service Ribbon
United Nations Korea Service Ribbon

Nato Medal

Nato Medal

The NATO Medal is a decoration presented by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to recognize international NATO military members who have participated in various peacekeeping operations.
There are currently numerous versions of the NATO Medal in existence, for service in Yugoslavia, Kosovo, the Republic of Macedonia, two for service during Article 5 operations (Eagle Assist, Active Endeavour), and eight for Non-Article 5 NATO operations (ISAF, Resolute Support, Balkans, NTM-Iraq, Africa, AMIS, OUP-Libya, and Pakistan). In addition, there are corresponding clasps for operations such as ISAF, Kosovo, Yugoslavia, NTM-Iraq and clasps designating Article 5, and Non-Article 5 designations. There is also a NATO Meritorious Service Medal, with a “Meritorious Service” clasp as well.

InstitutedType
1992Non U.S. Service Medal

Nato Meritorious Service Medal

Nato Meritorious Medal
Nato Meritorious Medal

The NATO Meritorious Service Medal was approved by the North Atlantic Council, and is awarded to military and civilian personnel who have been commended for providing exceptional or remarkable service to NATO. The Secretary of Defense has approved the acceptance and wear of the NATO MSM for U.S. military and civilian personnel.

Nato Meritorious Service Medal Eligiblity

Eligible personnel are individuals serving permanently or temporarily within NATO’s operational chain of command or in those forces under NATO command or control, or in a NATO Body, who are commended personally by a Commander or a Head of a NATO Body for:

  1. Performing acts of courage in difficult or dangerous circumstances; or
  2. Showing exceptional leadership or personal example; or
  3. Making an outstanding individual contribution in any activity or program; or
  4. Enduring particular hardship or deprivation in the interest of NATO

Nato Meritorious Service Ribbon

Nato Meritorious Ribbon
Nato Meritorious Ribbon

Nato Bosnia Medal

Awarded to U.S. military personnel for service under the NATO command and in direct support of NATO operations.
Nato Bosnia Medal award is authorized by the Secretary General of NATO for specific NATO operations relating to the Republic of Yugoslavia.
In accordance with Executive Order 11446, the Secretary of Defense, with concurrence of the Secretary of State, has approved acceptance and wear by U.S. service members who meet criteria specified by the Secretary General of NATO.

Nato Medal Bosnia
Nato Medal Bosnia

Nato Bosnia Medal Eligiblity Criteria

Acceptance of the NATO Medal has been approved for U.S. military personnel who serve under NATO command or operational control in direct support of NATO operations in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, or as designated by Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR), from 1 July 1992 – 12 October 1998.

  1. Former Yugoslavia: 30 days service inside or 90 days outside the former Republic of Yugoslavia after July 1, 1992 to a date to be determined.
  2. Kosovo: 30 continuous/accumulated days in or around the former Yugoslavian province of Kosovo from October 13, 1998 to a date to be determined.

Nato Bosnia Ribbon

Nato Medal Bosnia Ribbon
Nato Medal Bosnia Ribbon

Nato Kosovo Medal

Nato Kosovo Medal award is authorized by the Secretary General of NATO for specific NATO operations relating to Kosovo. In accordance with Executive Order 11446, 16 January 1969, the Secretary of Defense has approved acceptance and wear by U.S. service members who meet criteria specified by the Secretary General of NATO effective 13 October 1998 – Date to Be Determined (DTBD).

Nato Medal Kosovo
Nato Medal Kosovo

Nato Kosovo Medal Eligiblity Criteria

U.S. military personnel who serve under NATO command or operational control in direct support of Kosovo NATO operations

  1. Operations Allied Force (24 Mar 99 – 10 Jun 99)
  2. Joint Guardian (11 Jun 99 – DTBD)
  3. Allied Harbour (4 Apr 99 – 1 Sep 99)
  4. Sustain Hope/Shining Hope (4 Apr 99 – 10 Jul 99)
  5. Noble Anvil (24 Mar 99 – 20 Jul 99)
  6. Kosovo Task Force Hawk (5 Apr 99 – 24 Jun 99)
  7. Kosovo Task Force Saber (31 Mar 99 – 8 Jul 99)
  8. Kosovo Task Force Falcon (11 Jun 99 – DTBD, coincides with Joint Guardian)
  9. Kosovo Task Force Hunter (1 Apr 99 – 1 Nov 99).

Nato Kosovo Ribbon

Nato Medal Kosovo Ribbon
Nato Medal Kosovo Ribbon

Nato Medal Order of Precedence

The NATO Medal shall have the same precedence as the
United Nations Medal, but shall rank immediately below the United Nations Medal when the wearer has been awarded both decorations.  Nato Medal is worn before
Multinational Forces and Observers Medal

Nato Medal Authorized Devices

To recognize subsequent awards (if approved by the Secretary of Defense) for service in a different NATO operation, U.S. Service members will affix a bronze service star to the NATO Medal suspension ribbon and service ribbon.

Bronze Service Star
Bronze Service Star

Multinational Force and Observers Medal

Multinational Forces and Observer Medal

For service with the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping force in the Sinai Desert. The Multinational Force and Observers was created to act as a buffer between Israel and Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula.

InstitutedType
1982Non U.S. Service Medal
Multinational Force and Observers Medal
Multinational Force and Observers Medal

Authorization

The Multinational Force and Observers Medal was established by the Director General, Multinational Force and Observers (MFO), 24 March 1982.Presidential acceptance for the United States Armed Forces and DOD civilian personnel is announced by Department of Defense on 28 July 1982.

Multinational Forces and Observer Medal Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for the award personnel must have served with the Multinational Force and Observers Medal at least ninety (90) cumulative days after 3 August 1981. Effective 15 March 1985, personnel must serve 6 months (170 days minimum) with the MFO to qualify for the award. Periods of service on behalf of the MFO outside of the Sinai, and periods of leave while a member is serving with the MFO, may be counted toward eligibility for the MFO medal. Qualifying time may be lost for disciplinary reasons.

Posthumous Award

The Multinational Forces and Observer Medal was made retroactive to August 1981 and was presented to any United States service member who
served at least ninety cumulative days as a member of the Multinational Force and Observers.
On March 15, 1985, the time period was increased to a minimum of 170 days.
The time frame could be waived if the award was

  1. presented posthumously,
  2. a service member was medically evacuated from the region,
  3. or if the Director-General of the Multinational Force
    and Observers presented the award for a specific act or special case.

Order of Precedence

The Multinational Force and Observers Medal is worn after Nato Ribbon and before Inter American Defense Board Medal.

Multinational Forces and Observer Medal Subsequent Awards

Subsequent presentations of the award are denoted by award numerals worn on the original medal.

Authorized Devices

Multinational Forces and Observer Medal authorized devices is Bronze Numeral Devices denoting additional awards.

Bronze Numeral Two Device
Bronze Numeral Two Device

Multinational Force and Observers Ribbon

Multinational Force and Observers Ribbon
Multinational Force and Observers Ribbon

Inter American Defense Board Medal

Inter American Defense Board Medal

For service of a minimum of one year on the Inter-American Defense Board

InstitutedType
1981International Military Award Medal
Inter American Defense Board Medal
Inter American Defense Board Medal

Inter American Defense Board Medal Authorization

The Inter-American Defense Board Medal was established by the Ninety-first Session of the Inter-American Defense Board on December 11, 1945 and authorized by Executive Order 11446, January 18, 1969. Department of Defense authorized for the Armed Forces of the United States on 1981.

Inter American Defense Board Medal Eligibility Criteria

U.S. military personnel who have served on the Inter-American Defense Board for at least 1 year as chairman of the board, delegates, advisers, officers of the staff, officers of the secretariat, or officers of the Inter-American Defense College may wear the Inter-American Defense Board ribbon permanently.
Any personnel of a member nation’s uniformed services who serves a tour of duty with the Inter-American Defense Board Awarded for Serving a tour of duty or serve on staff or as an instructor at the Inter-American Defense College

Inter American Defense Board Medal Order of Precedence

Inter American Defense Board Medal is worn after Multinational Force and Observers Medal and before Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Inter American Defense Board Medal Subsequent Awards

A silver service star or bar is awarded for one year of service; a gold service star or bar for two; two gold stars or bars for between three years and five; and three gold stars or bars for more than five years service.

Inter American Defense Board Medal Authorized Devices

Silver Service Star
Silver Service Star

Inter American Defense Board Ribbon

Inter American Defense Board Ribbon
Inter American Defense Board Ribbon

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal is foreign service medal.

InstitutedType
1966Foreign Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Authorization

The Secretary of Defense approved a request for approval of foreign awards to US Military personnel on 7 February 1966. As a result of this approval, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with device bar (1960- ) was awarded to US Armed Forces personnel by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam per Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Order No. 48, dated 24 March 1966. The acceptance, criteria and description was announced in the Federal Register, Volume 31, No. 147, 30 July 1966 (Title 32, Code of Federal Regulation 47).

Eligibility Requirements

The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal is awarded to personnel who meet one of the following requirements:

  1. Served in the Republic of Vietnam for six months during the period of 1 March 1961 and 28 March 1973.
  2. Served outside the geographical limits of the Republic of Vietnam and contributed direct combat support to the Republic of Vietnam and Armed Forces for six months. Such individuals must meet the criteria established for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (for Vietnam) or the Vietnam Service Medal, to qualify for the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
  3. Six months service is not required for individuals who were
    1. wounded by hostile forces;
    2. killed in action or otherwise in line of duty;
    3. or captured by hostile forces.

Order of Precedence

The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal is worn after Inter American Defense Board Medal and before Kuwait Liberation Saudi Arabia Medal.

Subsequent Awards

No subsequent awards authorized.

Authorized Devices

The Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Memorandum 2655 prescribed there were two devices to be worn on the ribbon. The first device was for the period 8 March 1949 – 20 July 1954 and is not authorized for wear by American Military Personnel. The second period was from 1 January 1960 with the last period to be decided after the war was over. The ending period remains blank, since the Republic of Vietnam Government ceased to exist before the ending period was established. The devices for the medal are in two sizes – – the large size is 1 13/64 inches in width and is worn on the suspension ribbon of the full size decoration. The regular size is 19/32 inch wide and is worn on the miniature decoration and service ribbon bar.

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon Device
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon Device

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal Award

Since the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal is a foreign award, it is not issued by the United States Government. The medal may be purchased from commercial sources.

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon

Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon

Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia

Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia

The Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia is awarded by the Government of Saudi Arabia to members of the Armed Forces of the United States and authorized by Department of Defense on January 3, 1992.
It is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the U.S. who participated in Operation DESERT STORM between January 17, 1991 and February 28, 1991 in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Persian Gulf;
  2. Red Sea;
  3. Gulf of Oman;
  4. that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude;
  5. the Gulf of Aden;
  6. or the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
InstitutedType
1991Foreign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, personnel must meet one of the following qualifications:

  1. Be attached to or regularly serving for one or more days with an organization participating in ground or shore operations.
  2. Be attached to or regularly serving for one or more days aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military operations.
  3. Actually participate as a crew member in one or more aerial flights supporting military operations in the designated areas.
  4. Serve on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days during the period January 17, 1991 to February 28, 1991 . This time limit may be waived for personnel participating in actual combat operations.

The eligibility period and geographic boundaries were specified by the Government of Saudi Arabia and may not be waived.

Posthumous Award

Posthumous award to the next of kin of any soldier who lost his or her life, while, or as a direct result of, participating in Operation DESERT STORM between January 17, 1991 and February 28, 1991, without regard to the length of such service.

Order of Precedence

Kuwait Liberation Saudi Arabia Medal is worn after Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and before Kuwait Liberation Kuwait Medal

Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia Medal Award

The Kuwait Liberation Medal Saudi Arabia, ribbon, and miniature medal are items of individual purchase. The Army accomplished an initial issue to eligible personnel from a one-time stock provided by the Government of Saudi Arabia in 1992.

Subsequent Awards

No subsequent award

Authorized Devices

Gold Palm Tree Device

Gold Palm Tree Device
Gold Palm Tree Device

Kuwait Liberation Saudi Arabia Ribbon

Kuwait Liberation Ribbon Saudi Arabia
Kuwait Liberation Ribbon Saudi Arabia

Kuwait Liberation Medal Kuwait

Kuwait Liberation Medal – Kuwait

The Kuwait Liberation Kuwait Medal is awarded by the Government of Kuwait to members of the Armed Forces of the United States and authorized by the Department of Defense on August 7, 1995.
It is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the U.S. who served in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM between August 2, 1990 and August 31, 1993 in one or more of the following areas:

  1. the Arabian Gulf;
  2. the Red Sea;
  3. the Gulf of Oman;
  4. that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude;
  5. the Gulf of Aden;
  6. or the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Omar, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.
InstitutedType
1995Foreign Medal
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kuwait
Kuwait Liberation Medal Kuwait

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, personnel must meet one of the following qualifications:

  1. Be attached to or regularly serving for one or more days with an organization participating in ground and/or shore operations.
  2. Be attached to or regularly serving for one or more days aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military operations.
  3. Actually participate as a crew member in one or more aerial flights directly supporting military operations in the designated areas.
  4. Serve on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days during the period August 2, 1990 to August 31, 1993 under any of the criteria. This time limit may be waived for armed forces personnel who participated in actual combat operations.

The eligibility period and geographic boundaries were specified by the Government of Kuwait and may not be waived.

Posthumous Award

Posthumous award to the next of kin of any soldier who lost his life, while, or as direct result of participating in Operations DESERT SHIELD/STORM between August 2, 1990 and August 31, 1993, without regard to the length of such service.

Kuwait Liberation Kuwait Medal

The Government of Kuwait provided a one-time stock of the Kuwait Liberation Medal for initial issue to eligible personnel.

Order of Precedence

Kuwait Liberation Kuwait Medal is worn after Kuwait Liberation Saudi Arabia Medal

Subsequent Awards

No subsequent award

Authorized Devices

No authorized devices

Kuwait Liberation Kuwait Medal Ribbon

Kuwait Liberation Kuwait Ribbon
Kuwait Liberation Kuwait Ribbon

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal is a service medal of the United States Air Force established on 27 May 2014. The medal recognizes service by personnel in various career fields who have served in units direct support with national strategic nuclear deterrence operations.

InstitutedType
2014Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Authorization

The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal (NDSOM) was approved May 27, 2014 by the Secretary of the Air Force to recognize direct support to nuclear deterrence operations. The medal is authorized for Airmen (active, guard, and reserve) who have directly impacted the nuclear enterprise and may be awarded retroactively to Dec. 27, 1991 to fully qualified Airmen.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Personnel Eligible: The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal may be awarded to members of the United States Air Force who, from 1 June 1992, were assigned to the Nuclear Enterprise and performed duties in
    1. nuclear operations,
    2. nuclear weapon storage facilities,
    3. nuclear command, control, and communication (NC3)
    4. security,
    5. transportation,
    6. maintenance,
    7. facility management/maintenance,
    8. nuclear certified aircraft operations,
    9. explosive ordnance disposal,
    10. or installation Personnel Reliability Program,
    11. to include all Airmen assigned to nuclear missle and bomb wings regardless of career field.
  2. Degree of Participation: Active duty, Guard or Reserve Air Force members must be assigned, attached, deployed or mobilized for 120 consecutive or 179 nonconsecutive days to units supporting nuclear deterrence to earn the basic Nuclear Deterrence Operation Service Medal. To earn the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal with “N” device, Airmen outlined above must accumulate 179 non-consecutive days when dispatched to a missle complex.

Approval

Upon squadron commander certification and Group Commander (or civilian equivalent) approval. Separated or retired Airmen or those no longer assigned to a qualifying unit, request consideration for the Nuclear Deterrent Operations Service Medal through Air Force Personnel Center; provide a DD Form 214, Statement of Service, reflecting honorable service in a qualifying career field with Enlisted Performance Reports or Officer Performance Reports that verify the qualifying unit and time period assigned. Retroactive eligibility for separated or retired Airmen will made upon the preponderance of evidence that confirms at least one day assigned in a qualifying unit for the basic Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal.

Order of Precedence

The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal shall be placed immediately after the Air and Space Medal and before the Air Force Overseas Short Service.

Subsequent Awards

For each succeeding assignment to a unit conducting a nuclear mission a permanent change of station must occur. No more than one medal shall be awarded to any one service member for the same assignment. An Oak Leaf Cluster will denote subsequent awards. Only one “N” device will be awarded.

Authorized Devices

  1. Oak Leaf Clusters denote subsequent awards.

    Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
    Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
  2. The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal will specifically recognize Airmen who dispatch to the missile complex in direct support of ICBM operations through the use of a gold “N” device. The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal distinguished with an “N” device will be earned only by Airmen in
    • Missile Maintenance (21MX, 2MOX1, 2MOX2, 2MOX3),
    • Munitions and Weapons (2WOX1, 2W1X1, 2W2X1),
    • Security Forces (31PX, 3POX1),
    • Services (3MOX1),
    • Fuels (2FOX1),
    • Transportation (2T1X1, 2T3X1),
    • Civil Engineering (32EX, 3EXXX),
    • Cyberspace Support (3D1X1, 3D1X2, 3D1X3),
    • Operations (11HXC, 13NX, 1A9X1; and 13SX officers on or before 9 Feb 2013),
    • Missle Facility Manager (8SOOO)

    who accumulated 179 non-consecutive days when dispatched to a missile complex.

    N Device
    N Device

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Ribbon

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Ribbon
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Ribbon

Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal may be awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for distinct recognition who are serving, or have served service in

  1. Iraq,
  2. Syria,
  3. or contiguous waters or airspace

retroactively from 15 June 2014 to future date to be determined.

InstitutedType
2014Campaign Medal
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

Authorization

Executive Order 30 March 2016

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Service by military personnel in direct support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR), in the designated Area of Eligibility (AOE), which encompasses all land area of the countries of Iraq and Syria, the contiguous water out to 12 nautical miles, and all air space above these waters and land area.
  2. The period of eligibility is from 15 June 2014 to a date to be determined. Service Members who qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) between 15 June 2014 and 30 March 2016 within the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal AOE remain qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. However, any such Service Members may elect the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for such service provided they meet the eligibility criteria. Effective 31 March 2016, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal is the only award authorized for service in the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal AOE.
  3. Service Members must have been permanently assigned, attached, or detailed to a unit operating in the AOE for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days, or meet one of the following criteria:
    1. Be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of time in the AOE.
    2. Be wounded, killed, or injured while participating in an operation or on official duties that required medical evacuation from the AOE. Non-combat medical evacuation does meet the qualification criteria.
    3. Participate as a regularly assigned aircrew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the AOE in direct support of military operations. Each day that one or more sorties are flown into, out of, within, or over the AOE shall count as one day toward the 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive day requirement.
  4. Under no condition shall personnel or units receive the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, or Afghanistan Campaign Medal for the same action, time period, or service (i.e., single deployment or tour in designated operation area).
  5. U.S. Public Health Service Officers are eligible for the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal on the same basis as members of the Armed Forces.
  6. Civilian and foreign personnel are not eligible for the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal.

Posthumous Award

The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal may be awarded posthumously to any person covered by and under regulations prescribed in accordance with the eligibility requirements.

Order of Precedence

The The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal is worn after the Iraq Campaign Medal and before the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Subsequent Awards

  1. Service Members are only presented the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal upon initial award.
  2. A separate bronze campaign star is worn on the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal ribbon to recognize each designated campaign phase in which a Service Member participated for one or more days. The currently approved Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal campaign phases and inclusive dates are:
    Campaign PhaseInclusive Dates
    Abeyance:15 Jun 2014 – 24 Nov 2015
    Intensification:25 Nov 2015 – TBD

Authorized Devices

  1. Campaign Stars. A bronze 3/16 inch five-pointed star.

    Bronze Service Star
    Bronze Service Star
  2. FMF Combat Operations Insignia. A miniature bronze Marine Corps emblem authorized by the Secretary of the Navy for U.S. Navy Service Members assigned to Marine Corps units that participate in combat during the assignment.

    Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia
    Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia
  3. Arrowhead Device. A bronze replica of an Indian arrowhead 1/4 inch high that may be authorized by the Secretary of the Army or the Secretary of the Air Force.

    Arrowhead Device
    Arrowhead Device

Inherent Resolve Campaign Ribbon

Inherent Resolve Campaign Ribbon
Inherent Resolve Campaign Ribbon