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  • Aerial Achievement Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis decoration, established by the Secretary of the Air Force on Feb. 3 1988, is awarded by the Department of the Air Force to U.S. military and civilian personnel. It is awarded for sustained meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. The achievements must be

  • Afghanistan Campaign Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Afghanistan Campaign Medal was established by Public Law 108-234, signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 28, 2004, and implemented by Executive Order 13363, signed by President Bush on Nov. 29, 2004. CRITERIAA) To be eligible for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, a service

  • Air and Space Achievement Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis award was authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force on Oct. 20, 1980. It is awarded to Air Force personnel for outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered specifically on behalf of the Air Force. It may also be awarded for acts of courage lesser than for award of the

  • Air and Space Campaign Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal, authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force on April 24, 2002, may be awarded to members of the United States Air Force who, after March 24, 1999, participated in or directly supported a significant U.S. military operation designated by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The

  • Air and Space Commendation Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal was authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force on March 28, 1958, for award to members of the armed forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Air Force after March 24, 1958, shall have distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement and

  • Air and Space Expeditionary Service Ribbon

    BACKGROUNDIn April 2004, the Secretary of the Air Force approved authorizing a gold border to be worn on the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon to represent participation in combat operations. Award of the gold border is authorized for wear on the AFESR by individuals who were engaged in

  • Air and Space Longevity Service Award

    BACKGROUNDThe Department of the Air Force General Order 60, Nov. 25, 1957, authorized this ribbon. CRITERIAIt is awarded to all service members of the U.S. Air Force who complete four years of honorable active or reserve military service with any branch of the United States Armed Forces. The Air

  • Air and Space Organizational Excellence Award

    BACKGROUNDThe Secretary of the Air Force authorized this award on Aug. 26, 1969. The Air Force Organizational Excellence award recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of U.S. Air Force organizations or activities. CRITERIAIt is awarded to Air Force internal organizations that are entities

  • Air and Space Outstanding Unit Award

    BACKGROUNDThe Air Force Outstanding Unit Award was authorized by Department of the Air Force General Order 1, Jan. 6, 1954. CRITERIAIt is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement

  • Air and Space Overseas Ribbon - Long 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,


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