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.
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.
- 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
- nuclear operations,
- nuclear weapon storage facilities,
- nuclear command, control, and communication (NC3)
- facility management/maintenance,
- nuclear certified aircraft operations,
- explosive ordnance disposal,
- or installation Personnel Reliability Program,
- to include all Airmen assigned to nuclear missle and bomb wings regardless of career field.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Oak Leaf Clusters denote subsequent awards.
- 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.