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  • National Defense Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal was authorized by Executive Order 10448, April 22, 1953, and amended by Executive Order 11256, Jan. 11, 1966. CRITERIAIt is awarded for honorable active military service as a member of the armed forces of the United States including the Coast Guard, during the following periods: -June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954 - Korean War
  • NATO Medal-Former Republic of Yugoslavia

    BACKGROUNDThis award is authorized by the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for specific NATO operations relating to the Republic of Yugoslavia. In accordance with Executive Order 11446, the Secretary of Defense, with concurrence of the Secretary of State, has approved acceptance and wear by U.S. service members who meet
  • NATO Medal-Kosovo Operations

    BACKGROUNDThis award is authorized by the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization for specific NATO operations relating to Kosovo. In accordance with Executive Order 11446, Jan. 16, 1969, the Secretary of Defense has approved acceptance and wear by U.S. service members who meet criteria specified by the Secretary General of NATO
  • NATO Meritorious Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization Meritorious Service Medal was approved by the North Atlantic Council, and is awarded to military and civilian personnel who have been commended for providing exceptional or remarkable service to NATO. The Secretary of Defense has approved the acceptance and wear of the NATO MSM for U.S. military and
  • Non-Article 5 NATO Medal (Balkan Operations)

    BACKGROUNDThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization has approved a Non-Article 5 NATO Medal for personnel participating in NATO-led operations in the Balkans (Former Republic of Yugoslavia and Kosovo). From Jan. 1, 2003, common criteria will be applicable to each of the NATO-led operations within the Balkans Joint Operations Area. The Deputy Secretary
  • Non-Article 5 North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal - International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)

    BACKGROUNDThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization has approved a Non-Article 5 NATO medal for personnel participating in NATO support operation International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. The Deputy Secretary of Defense has authorized the acceptance and wear of this medal by US military and US civilian members. CRITERIAPersonnel eligible
  • Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Secretary of the Air Force approved the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal on May 27, 2014 to recognize direct support to nuclear deterrence operations. The medal is authorized for Airmen who directly impacted the Nuclear Enterprise. The NDOSM may be awarded retroactively to Dec. 27, 1991 to fully-qualified Airmen. Order of
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