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AIR FORCE COMMENDATION MEDAL

Posted 8/23/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Air Force Commendation Medal. (Photo by Mr. Steve White)
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Background
This medal was authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force on March 28, 1958, for award to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Air Force after March 24, 1958, shall have distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement and service. The degree of merit must be distinctive, though it need not be unique. Acts of courage which do not involve the voluntary risk of life required for the Soldier's Medal (or the Airman's Medal now authorized for the Air Force) may be considered for the AFCM.

Medal Description
The medal (pictured below) is a bronze hexagon, with one point up, centered upon which is the seal of the Air Force, an eagle with wings spread, facing left and perched upon a baton. There are clouds in the background. Below the seal is a shield bearing a pair of flyer's wings and a vertical baton with an eagle's claw at either end; behind the shield are eight lightning bolts.

Authorized Device
Oak Leaf Cluster and V Device (if applicable)

Weighted Airman Promoted System Point Value: 3







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