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Posted 2/26/2015 Printable Fact Sheet
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Combat Readiness Medal. (Photo by Mr. Steve White)
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This medal was authorized by the secretary of the Air Force on March 9, 1964, and amended Aug. 28, 1967. Originally created as a personal decoration ranking above the commendation medals, lifesaving medals and the Purple Heart, its current status has been changed to an achievement/service medal.

The criteria for the Combat Readiness Medal has been changed with the revision of AFI 36-2803. New criteria will be posted once approved through the appropriate channels.

Medal Description
This medal was designed by the Institute of Heraldry. On the obverse, it has an inverted triangle on top of a delta-swept wing-like object, both representing supersonic aircraft. This design is enclosed by a stylized compass rose with triangles at the points indicating the worldwide nature of the mission of the Air Force. The reverse of the medal has the inscription, "For Combat Readiness--Air Force" in a circle, near the outer edge of the medal.

Ribbon Description
The ribbon has a wide center stripe of red, flanked on either side by a narrow stripe of light blue, thin stripe of dark blue, narrow stripe of light blue with a stripe of red at the edge.

Authorized device: Oak leaf cluster

Weighted Airman Promoted System Point Value: 0

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