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  • Aerial Achievement Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis decoration, established by the Secretary of the Air Force on Feb. 3 1988, is awarded by the Department of the Air Force to U.S. military and civilian personnel. It is awarded for sustained meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. The achievements must be accomplished with distinction above and beyond that
  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Afghanistan Campaign Medal was established by Public Law 108-234, signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 28, 2004, and implemented by Executive Order 13363, signed by President Bush on Nov. 29, 2004. CRITERIAA) To be eligible for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a service member must be assigned or attached to a unit
  • Air and Space Campaign Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal, authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force on April 24, 2002, may be awarded to members of the United States Air Force who, after March 24, 1999, participated in or directly supported a significant U.S. military operation designated by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The medal is awarded only to personnel who provided
  • Air Force Achievement Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis award was authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force on Oct. 20, 1980. It is awarded to Air Force personnel for outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered specifically on behalf of the Air Force. It may also be awarded for acts of courage lesser than for award of the Air Force Commendation Medal (AFCM).  MEDAL
  • Air Force Basic Military Training Instructor Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDThe Secretary of the Air Force established the Air Force Military Training Instructor Ribbon on Dec. 7, 1998. This ribbon is designed to acknowledge past, present, and future Military Training Instructors who display commitment and dedication to the training of our Air Force personnel. This ribbon is intended for MTI's (AFSC 8B000) at
  • Air Force Combat Action Medal

    BACKGROUNDOn March 15, 2007, the Secretary of the Air Force approved the establishment of the Air Force Combat Action Medal to recognize any military member of the Air Force (airman basic through colonel), who actively participated in either air or ground combat. CRITERIAThe principle eligibility criterion is that the individual must have been
  • Air Force Commendation Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis 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
  • Air Force Cross

    BACKGROUNDThis decoration was established by Congress, Public Law 88-593, on July 6, 1960, amended Section 8742 of Title 10, U.S. Code to change the designation of Distinguished Service Cross to Air Force Cross in case of awards made under Air Force Authority. This cross, therefore, is the Air Force version of the Distinguished Service
  • Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDIn April 2004, the Secretary of the Air Force approved authorizing a gold border to be worn on the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon to represent participation in combat operations. Award of the gold border is authorized for wear on the AFESR by individuals who were engaged in conducting or supporting combat operations in a
  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal was authorized by Congress on July 6, 1960, with the creation of the other medals of the Air Force. The medal was not created until June 1, 1963 when the Secretary of the Air Force established it. CRITERIAIt is awarded to Air Force enlisted personnel for exemplary conduct during a three-year period of active military service,
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