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Posted 8/6/2010 Printable Fact Sheet
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Kuwait Liberation Medal - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Mr. Steve White)
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This award was authorized by the Saudi Arabia government to coalition forces members who participated in Operation Desert Storm and the Liberation of Kuwait. On Oct. 7, 1991, the deputy secretary of defense authorized the acceptance and wear of the Kuwait Liberation Medal by members of the armed forces of the United States.

To be eligible for this award, U.S. military personnel must have: served in support of Operation Desert Storm between Jan. 17 and Feb. 28, 1991, in one or more of the following areas: the Persian Gulf; Red Sea; Gulf of Oman; that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees north latitude and west of 68 degrees east longitude; Gulf of Aden; or, the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates. Please refer to DoD 1348.33-M for specific individual eligibility requirements.

Medal Description
A silver star of 15 rounded points (with shorter rounded points between them) is surmounted by a gilt medallion which contains a wreath tied at its based an a crown at its top. In the center of the gilt medallion is a silver representation of the Earth, over which is superimposed a gilt representation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Above the gilt medallion are the crossed swords and palm tree taken from the Royal Cypher. Beneath the gilt medallion is a swallow-tailed scroll with its ends folded back and point upward so they follow the contour of the gilt medallion. On the scroll are the words, LIBERATION OF KUWAIT in English and the same inscription above it in Arabic.

Ribbon Description
The ribbon consists of a central stripe of green five-eighths of an inch wide, bordered on either side by a white stripe three-sixteenths of an inch wide, a black strip one-sixteenths of an inch wide and red edge stripes five sixteenths of an inch wide.

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Weighted Airman Promoted System Point Value: 0

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