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  • Joint Service Commendation Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis decoration, established by the Department of Defense on June 25, 1963, is awarded by the office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other Department of Defense agencies or joint activities reporting through the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Any member of the Armed Forces who distinguishes himself by meritorious
  • Korean Defense Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Department of Defense approved the Korean Defense Service Medal in February 2004 to be given as recognition for military service in the Republic of Korea and the surrounding waters after July 28, 1954 and ending on such a future date as determined by the Secretary of Defense. CRITERIAIndividuals must have been assigned, attached, or
  • Korean Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Korean Service Medal was established by President Truman per Executive Order 10179, dated Nov. 8, 1950, and announced in DA Bulletin 21, 1950. The design, created by Mr. Thomas J. Jones, uses the symbols associated with Korea to reflect service in that country. There were 10 campaigns designated for the Korean War and displayed as
  • Kosovo Campaign Medal

    BACKGROUNDOn May 3, 2000, President Clinton approved the establishment of the Kosovo Campaign Medal to recognize the accomplishments of military service members participating or in direct support of Kosovo operations within established areas of eligibility. CRITERIAService members are authorized the Kosovo Campaign Medal in direct support of the
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait)

    BACKGROUNDThis award was authorized by the government of Kuwait to members of the U.S. military who participated in Operations DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM and the Liberation of Kuwait. Secretary of Defense Memorandum, March 16, 1995, authorized the acceptance and wear of the Kuwait Liberation Medal by members of the U.S. armed forces. CRITERIATo be
  • Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

    BACKGROUNDThis award was authorized by the government of Saudi Arabia to members of the coalition forces 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 U.S. armed forces. CRITERIATo be
  • Legion of Merit

    BACKGROUNDThe Legion of Merit, the first United States decoration created specifically for citizens of other nations, was established by an Act of Congress of July 20, 1942, and amended by an executive order on March 15, 1955. CRITERIAIt is conferred on officers and enlisted men of the armed forces of the United States and on nationals of other
  • Medal for Humane Action

    BACKGROUNDThis medal is awarded to personnel who were assigned or attached to and present for duty for at least 120 days during the period June 26, 1948 and Sept. 30, 1949, inclusive with any of the units cited in Department of the Air Force general orders for participating in the Berlin Airlift or for direct support of the Berlin
  • Medal of Honor

    BACKGROUNDThis was established by Congress on July 6, 1960, as the highest of several awards created specifically for the Air Force. The first presentation of this Medal of Honor was made at the White House in Washington on Jan. 19, 1967, when the president placed it around the neck of Maj. Bernard F. Fisher, United States Air Force.  The Air Force
  • Meritorious Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis decoration was established by Executive Order 11448 on Jan. 16, 1969. This award was established as the counterpart of the Bronze Star Medal for the recognition of meritorious noncombatant service. CRITERIAThe Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to any member of the armed forces of the United States who distinguishes themselves
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