Iraq Campaign Medal, front view; awarded to service members who have served in Iraq in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The period of eligibility is on or after March 19, 2003 to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of OIF. Air Force Awards and Decorations (U.S. Air Force graphic.)
Iraq Campaign Medal, awarded to US Service members who directly supported Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and were assigned attached, or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days or meet one of the following criteria:
1. Be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the AOE.
2. While participating in an operation or on official duties, is wounded or injured and requires medical evacuation from the AOE. Air Force Awards and Decorations (enhance color), U.S. Air Force graphic, AFNEWS/PAND. The JPG image is a stylized version whereas the EPS version is a two-dimensional line art illustration.
On Nov. 29, 2004, Public Law 108-234 and Executive Order 13363 approved the Iraq Campaign Medal (ICM) to recognize service members who are serving or have served in Iraq and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land and above the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles of Iraq.
Eligibility for the ICM requires service members to have served in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The period of eligibility is on or after March 19, 2003 to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of OIF.
Service members qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOT-E) by reasons of service between March 19, 2003 and Feb. 28, 2005, in an area for which the ICM was subsequently authorized, shall remain qualified for that medal. Upon application, any such service members may be awarded the ICM in lieu of the GWOT-E for such service. No service members shall be entitled to both medals for the same deployment, action, achievement or period of service.
Service members must have been assigned, attached or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility for 30 consecutive days or for 60 non-consecutive days or meet one of the following criteria:
1) Be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the area of eligibility; 2) While participating in an operation or on official duties, is wounded or injured and requires medical evacuation from the area of eligibility; 3) While participating as a regularly assigned aircrew member flying sorties into, out of, within or over the area of eligibility in direct support of the military operations; each day of operations counts as one day of eligibility.
The ICM may be awarded posthumously. Each military department will prescribe the appropriate regulations for administrative processing, awarding and wearing of the ICM, ribbon and appurtenances.
Only one award of the ICM may be authorized for any individual.
In April 2008, the DoD authorized service stars to recognize service members for participating in the following campaigns:
-- Liberation of Iraq: 19 March 2003 - 1 May 2003
-- Transition of Iraq: 2 May 2003 - 28 June 2004
-- Iraqi Governance: 29 June 2004 - 15 December 2005
-- National Resolution: 16 December 2005 - 9 January 2007
-- Iraqi Surge: 10 January 2007 - 31 December 2008
-- Iraqi Sovereignty: 1 January 2009 - 31 August
-- New Dawn: 1 September 2010 - 31 December 2011
One bronze service star shall be worn for each campaign served. A silver service star will be worn instead of five bronze stars.
Under most circumstances, no personnel or unit should receive the ICM, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOT-E), the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal (GWOT-S), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) for the same deployment, action or period of service. However, should an individual be forward-deployed from a primary deployment location, the individual must provide source documentation (i.e., performance report, decoration, letter of evaluation, travel voucher, etc.) to substantiate multiple deployment locations and minimum deployment days were indeed met and confirmed by home deployment location and the individual. Entitlement to ICM does not disqualify entitlement to other DoD service or Air Force achievement awards.
Authorized device: Bronze or silver service star
Weighted Airman Promoted System Point Value: 0
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