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  • Meritorious Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis decoration was established by Executive Order 11448 on Jan. 16, 1969. This award was established as the counterpart of the Bronze Star Medal for the recognition of meritorious noncombatant service. CRITERIAThe Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to any member of the armed forces

  • Meritorious Unit Award

    BACKGROUNDIn March 2004, the Secretary of the Air Force approved the Meritorious Unit Award to recognize organizations for outstanding heroism in combat as well as outstanding achievement or service in direct support of combat operations. CRITERIAThe MUA is awarded to Air Force active duty, Reserve,

  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis award, authorized by Executive Order 12830, Jan. 9, 1993, may be awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces and their Reserve components, who subsequent to Dec. 31, 1992, perform outstanding volunteer community service of a sustained, direct and consequential nature. CRITERIARefer to

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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