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  • Silver Star Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Silver Star Medal had its beginning during World War I. An Act of Congress of July 9, 1918, authorized the wearing by Army personnel of a small silver star, 3/16 of an inch in diameter, upon the service ribbon of a campaign medal, to indicate a citation for gallantry in action, published in orders issued from headquarters of a general
  • Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDThis ribbon was authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force on Aug. 28, 1962. It is awarded to all Air Force service members who, after Jan. 1, 1963, qualify as "expert" in small-arms marksmanship with either the M-16 rifle or issue handgun. CRITERIAQualify as expert in small-arms marksmanship with either the M-16 rifle or issue handgun.
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis award, authorized by Executive Order 12754, March 12, 1991, is awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who served in support of Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm between Aug. 2, 1990 and Nov. 30, 1995 in one or more of the following areas: Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea
  • The Article 5 NATO Medal (Operation Eagle Assist)

    BackgroundThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 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 11 September 2001, providing NATO assistance to the United States and demonstrating the
  • United Nations Medal

    CRITERIAAwarded to service members who are or have been in United Nation service with one of the following: UN Observation Group in LebanonUN Truce Supervision Organization in PalestineUN Military Observer Group in India and PakistanUN Security Forces, HollandiaUN Transitional Authority in CambodiaUN Advance Mission in CambodiaUN Protection Force
  • United Nations Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal was authorized by the United Nations General Assembly on Dec. 12, 1950. The Department of Defense authorized it for the United States Armed Forces on Nov. 27, 1951. CRITERIAIt is awarded to officers and enlisted members of the Armed Forces of the United States who participated in the action in Korea between June 27, 1950 and
  • USAF Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDAuthorized by the Chief of Staff, United States Air Force on April 3, 1976, this ribbon is awarded to honor graduates of basic military training who, after July 29, 1976, have demonstrated excellence in all phases of academic and military training and limited to the top 10 percent of the training flight. The USAF BMT Honor Graduate Ribbon
  • USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDThis award, authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force, Aug. 28, 1962, is awarded to graduates of the following certified Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education schools (NCO Preparatory Course, Airman Leadership School, NCO Leadership School, NCO Academy, SNCO Academy). CRITERIAGraduation from each successive level of
  • Vietnam Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDCreated by Executive Order 11213, July 8, 1965. It is awarded to all service members of the armed forces who between July 4, 1965 and March 28, 1973, served in the following areas of Southeast Asia; Vietnam and the contiguous waters and airspace; Thailand, Laos, or Cambodia; or the airspace thereof and in the direct support of military
  • World War II Victory Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe World War II Victory Medal commemorates military service during World War II and is awarded to any member of the United States military, including members of the armed forces of the Government of the Philippine Islands. CRITERIAThis medal is awarded for any active duty or Reserve service period between Dec. 7, 1941 and Dec. 31,
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