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  • Army of Occupation Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal was established in 1946 and the order has been amended several times to cover areas not originally authorized. CRITERIAIt is awarded for 30 consecutive days at a normal post of duty on assignment to the armies of occupation.  Refer to Department of Defense 1348.33-M for areas which qualify for this award. Military service in
  • Article 5 NATO Medal (Operation Active Endeavor)

    BACKGROUNDThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal for Operation Active Endeavour was approved by the North Atlantic Council for members who participated in NATO's operation in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and the airspace above it, following the terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. The operation began
  • Article 5 NATO Medal (Operation Eagle Assist)

    BACKGROUNDThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal for Operation Eagle Assist was approved by the North Atlantic Council for members who participated in NATO's operation in the airspace of North America, following the attack on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, providing NATO assistance to the United States and demonstrating the Alliance's
  • Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal was authorized on Nov. 6, 1942 by Executive Order No. 9265 that signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The medal was issued to commemorate the service performed by personnel of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard who served during the periods and in the areas designated below. CRITERIAThis medal
  • Bronze Star Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis decoration authorized by Executive Order No. 9419 on Feb. 4, 1944, is awarded to a person in any branch of the military service who, while serving in any capacity with the armed forces of the United States on or after Dec. 7, 1941, shall have distinguished himself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving
  • Combat Readiness Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis 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. CRITERIAIt is awarded to members of the
  • Defense Distinguished Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis award was established by Executive Order 11545 on July 9, 1970. A rather unique feature of this decoration is that it is awarded by the Secretary of Defense and has no delegated authority. No one else can even initiate a recommendation; it is awarded solely at the initiative and pleasure of the Secretary of Defense. It is awarded to
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal was established by Executive Order 12019 on Nov. 3, 1977, when President Carter signed the order establishing it. The Defense Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to military personnel serving with or assigned to a number of joint activities including The Secretary of Defense, Organizations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and
  • Defense Superior Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Defense Superior Service Medal was established by Executive Order 11904 on Feb. 6, 1976, when President Gerald R. Ford signed the order formally establishing this medal. CRITERIAThe DSSM (pictured above) is awarded by the Secretary of Defense to military officers who perform exceptionally with the Office of the Secretary of Defense,
  • Distinguished Flying Cross

    BACKGROUNDThe Distinguished Flying Cross, authorized by an Act of Congress of July 2, 1926 (amended by Executive Order 7786 on Jan. 8, 1938), was awarded first to Capt. Charles A. Lindbergh, of the U.S. Army Corps Reserve, for his solo flight of 3,600 miles across the Atlantic in 1927, a feat which electrified the world and made Lindbergh one of
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