Published August 23, 2010
U.S. Air Force graphic by Staff Sgt. Alexx Pons
This 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.
To be eligible for this award, U.S. military personnel must have served in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM between Aug. 2, 1990 and Aug. 31, 1993. They had to be in one or more of the following areas: the Persian Gulf; Red Sea; Gulf of Oman; that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies N of 10 degrees N latitude and W of 68 degrees E 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.
A bronze medallion with enamel, one and nine-sixteenths inches in diameter suspended from a bar by a wreath. The obverse bears the Coat of Arms of the State of Kuwait. The Coat of Arms consists of the shield of the flag design in color superimposed on a falcon with wings displayed. The falcon supports a disk containing a sailing ship with full name of the State written at the top of the disk. At the top of the medal is the inscription 1991 with Arabic letters. The reverse of the medal displays the map of Kuwait on a rayed background.
The ribbon is the pattern of the flag of the State of Kuwait and consists of three equal stripes 29/64ths of an inch each of the following colors: old glory red, white, and Irish green. A black trapezium is at the top of both the ribbon drape and the service ribbon.
WEIGHTED AIRMAN PROMOTED SYSTEM POINT VALUE: 0
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