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  • Air and Space Overseas Ribbon - Short Tour

    BACKGROUNDAuthorized by the Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, Oct. 12, 1980. Before Jan. 6, 1986, the ribbon was awarded to Air Force and Air Force Reserve members credited with completion of an overseas tour on or after Sept. 1, 1980. Air Force and Air Force Reserve members serving as of Jan. 6,

  • Air and Space Recognition Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDThis ribbon was authorized by the Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force on Oct. 12, 1980. The Air Force Recognition Ribbon will be worn between the Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal. Bronze oak-leaf clusters will be worn on the ribbon bar to indicate

  • Air and Space Training Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDThis ribbon was authorized by the Air Force Chief of Staff on Oct.12, 1980. CRITERIAIt is awarded to U.S. Air Force service members on completion of initial accession training after Aug. 14, 1974. In December 1986, the criteria expanded and authorized the ribbon to anyone who was on active

  • Air Force Basic Military Training Instructor Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDThe Secretary of the Air Force established the Air Force Military Training Instructor Ribbon on Dec. 7, 1998. This ribbon is designed to acknowledge past, present, and future Military Training Instructors who display commitment and dedication to the training of our Air Force personnel.

  • Air Force Cross

    BACKGROUNDThis decoration was established by Congress, Public Law 88-593, on July 6, 1960, amended Section 8742 of Title 10, U.S. Code to change the designation of Distinguished Service Cross to Air Force Cross in case of awards made under Air Force Authority. This cross, therefore, is the Air Force

  • Air Force Good Conduct Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal was authorized by Congress on July 6, 1960, with the creation of the other medals of the Air Force. The medal was not created until June 1, 1963 when the Secretary of the Air Force established it. CRITERIAIt is awarded to Air Force enlisted personnel for exemplary conduct during

  • Air Force Personnel Center

    The Air Force's Personnel Center, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph, Texas, is a field operating agency of Headquarters U.S. Air Force, the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower and Personnel. The center has responsibility for managing personnel programs and carrying out

  • Air Force Recruiter Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDOn June 21, 2000, the Secretary of the Air Force established the Air Force Recruiter Ribbon to recognize those officer and enlisted personnel who perform the challenging duty of Air Force recruiting. The ribbon was designed to acknowledge past, present, and future Air Force recruiters who

  • Air Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Air Medal, established by Executive Order 9158, May 11, 1942, as amended by Executive Order 9242, Sept. 11, 1942. CRITERIAThe Air Medal is awarded to U.S. and civilian personnel for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievements while participating in aerial flight and foreign

  • Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis award was originally established as a ribbon bar by the Secretary of the Air Force on April 1, 1964 and was amended on May 1, 1973, when the medal was created. CRITERIAIt is awarded for exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a four-year period while serving in an enlisted

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