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GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM EXPEDITIONARY MEDAL

Posted 8/4/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, award to Active Duty, ANG, and AFRes personnel as recognition for their service in the Global War on Terrorism. 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.
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Background
In March 2003, President Bush approved the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOT-E) for award to Air Force active duty, Reserve, and Guard personnel as recognition for their service in the Global War on Terrorism.  

Criteria
For eligibility of the GWOT-E, individuals must have deployed abroad, on or after Sept. 11, 2001 and a future date to be determined, for service in Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and meet one of the following:
  • Assigned, attached, or mobilized to a unit participating in OEF/OIF and serving for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days (there is no time limit required for nonconsecutive days to be accumulated)
  • Be engaged in actual combat against the enemy and under circumstances involving grave danger or death or serious bodily injury from enemy action, regardless of time served in OEF/OIF
  • Killed, wounded or injured requiring medical evacuation from Operations OEF/OIF
  • Service members who, as a regularly assigned crew member flying sorties into, out of, within or over the area of eligibility in direct support of OEF or OIF, are eligible to qualify for award of the expeditionary medal. Each day that one or more sorties are flown shall count as one day toward the 30 or 60 day requirement.
Individuals must have served in one of the following designated, specific geographic areas (land area, airspace, or waters) of eligibility and supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and/or IRAQI FREEDOM (unless otherwise annotated) to be eligible for the GWOT Expeditionary Medal:

The following initial locations are eligible effective February 13, 2004:
Afghanistan (see note 1)
Arabian Sea (North of 10 degree N latitude and west of 68 degree E longitude)
Bab el Mandeb
Bahrain
Bulgaria (Bourgas)
Crete
Cyprus
Diego Garcia
Djibouti
Egypt
Eritrea
Ethiopia
Gulf of Aden
Gulf of Aqaba
Gulf of Oman
Gulf of Suez
Iran
Iraq (see note 1)
Israel
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon
Mediterranean Sea (East of 28 degrees E longitude)
Oman
Pakistan
Persian Gulf
Philippines
Qatar
Red Sea
Romania (Constanta)
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
Strait of Hormuz
Suez Canal
Syria
Tajikistan
Turkey (East of 35 degrees E Longitude)
Turkmenistan
United Arab Emierates
Uzbekistan
Yemen

Note 1: Service members serving in the qualifying AOE for which the Afghanistan Campaign Medal and/or the Iraq Campaign Medal were subsequently authorized are no longer qualified to receive the GWOT-EM after April 30, 2005.

The following countries were added effective March 21, 2005:
Algeria
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Chad
Georgia
Hungary
Kosovo (see note 2)
Mali
Mauritania
Mediterranean Sea ("Boarding and Searching" Vessel Operations)
Niger
Turkey
Uganda

Note 2: Applies only to specified GWOT operations not associated with operations qualifying for the Kosovo Campaign Medal.

The following countries were added effective July 14, 2005:
Colombia
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

The following countries were added effective December 1, 2006:
Azerbaijan
Nigeria
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Tanzania
Tunisia

The following countries were added effective 8 October 2008:
Burkina Faso
Northern Iraq (North of 36 degrees N latitude - Operation NOMAD SHADOW / see note 3)
Morocco
Turkey (Operation NOMAD SHADOW)

Note 3:
Service members who qualify for both the ICM and the GWOT-EM for the same Operation NOMAD SHADOW deployment shall be awarded either the ICM or the GWOT-EM, but not both.  No service member shall be entitled to more than one campaign or expeditionary medal for the same period of service.

(Listing is updated as of February 12, 2009)

Under no conditions will units or personnel within the United States be eligible for the GWOT-E.

Medal Description
The GWOT-E is a Defense Department campaign medal. Award of this medal does not prevent award of other types of recognition (such as decorations) normally associated with deployment. This medal may be awarded posthumously. Since there are no service star devices authorized at this time, members may only wear the medal. Also, there are no promotion points associated with this medal.  

Weighted Airman Promoted System Point Value: 0







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