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The following is a listing of Decorations and Awards to include V,C and R Devices. For questions relating to Awards, please contact the Awards team at: AFPC.DP1SP.RecognitionProcess@us.af.mil
Medal of Honor
Air Force Cross
Silver Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air and Space Commendation Medal
Presidential Unit Citation
Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award
Air Force Good Conduct Medal
Air and Space Recognition Ribbon
Euro-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal
Air and Space Overseas Ribbon - Long Tour
Air Force Basic Military Training Instructor Ribbon
Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon
Philippine Liberation Medal
RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm
NATO Medal for Yugoslavia
Non Article 5 NATO Medal - Balkans
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR VALOR “V” DEVICE
The "V" device is worn on decorations to denote valor, an act or acts of heroism by an individual above what is normally expected while engaged in direct combat with an enemy of the United States, or an opposing foreign or armed force, with exposure to enemy hostilities and personal risk.
AUTHORIZED AND UNAUTHORIZED DECORATIONS
Effective Jan. 7, 2016, the “V” device is authorized on the Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal (this is not an all-inclusive list).
The "V" device on the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award is only authorized for the period of Nov. 15, 1961 to Jan. 1, 2014. Prior to Jan. 1, 2014, only one bronze "V" device is authorized
(NOTE: The establishment of the Gallant Unit Citation and Meritorious Unit Award warranted the discontinuance of the "V" device being authorized for approved USAF unit awards).
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR COMBAT “C” DEVICE
The "C" device was established to distinguish an award earned for exceptionally meritorious service or achievement performed under combat conditions on or after Jan. 7, 2016 (this is not retroactive prior to this date).
The device is only authorized if the service or achievement was performed while the service member was personally exposed to hostile action or under significant risk of hostile action:
The use of the "C" device is determined solely on the specific circumstances under which the service or achievement was performed. The award is not determined by geographic location. The fact the service was performed in a combat zone, a combat zone tax exclusion area, or an area designated for imminent danger pay, hardship duty pay, or hostile fire pay is not sufficient to qualify for the "C" device. The service member must have been personally exposed to hostile action or under significant risk of hostile action.
Rank/Grade will not be a factor in determining whether the "C" device is warranted, nor will any quotas, official or unofficial, be established limiting the number of "C" devices authorized for a given combat engagement, a given operation, or cumulatively within a given expanse of area or time.
Effective Jan. 7, 2016, the "C" device is authorized on the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal. It cannot be authorized on any other ribbon or medal (this is not an all-inclusive list).
The "C" device is not authorized on the Bronze Star Medal or the Meritorious Service Medal.
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR REMOTE “R” DEVICE
The "R" device was established to distinguish an award earned for direct hands-on employment of a weapon system that had a direct and immediate impact on a combat operation or other military operation (i.e. outcome of an engagement or specific effects on a target). Other military operations include Title 10, United States Code, support of non-Title 10 operations, and operations authorized by an approved execute order.
The action must have been performed through any domain and in circumstances that did not expose the individual to personal hostile action, or place him or her at significant risk of personal exposure to hostile action:
Qualifying Career Fields
The "R" device may be awarded to Airmen who, during the period of the act, served in the remotely piloted aircraft; cyber; space; or Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance career fields on or after Jan. 7, 2016 (this is not retroactive prior to this date).
Basis for a Decoration
The "R" device is only authorized for a specific achievement (i.e. impact awards) and will not be authorized for sustained performance or service (i.e. end-of-tour, separation or retirement decorations)
Effective Jan. 7, 2016, the "R" device is authorized on the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Air Force Achievement Medal (this is not an all-inclusive list).
The “R” device is not authorized on any other ribbon or medal.
MILPDS UPDATE INSTRUCTION
Decorations with the “V,C,R” devices have their own codes in MilPDS. Do not combine decoration updates as they will add additional devices or add subsequent “numbers” to an existing update of the same decoration that hasn’t earned the device.
(Do Not create a new record if there is an existing update for the same decoration with the same device. Only add a subsequent number to the existing update)
(NOTE: Currently, the “V,C,R” device does not reflect appropriately on individual’s vMPF Awards and Decorations Information screen)
For assistance with medal replacement, the National Personnel Records Center needs to verify the Veteran’s military records. You will need to complete and submit a Standard Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records. Mark “Other” in Section II, Items 1 and 2, and write in “Medal Replacement.”
NPRC will verify the awards to which an Air Force veteran is entitled and forward the medal replacement request, along with the records verification, to AFPC or the Air Reserve Personnel Center for reservists. The medals are then mailed to the requesting veteran. Send your completed SF-180 for medal replacements by fax to (314) 801-9195 or mail the form to:
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