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  • Airman's Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis decoration was established by 10 U.S. Code 8750, on July 6, 1960, and takes the place of the Soldier's Medal for Air Force personnel. CRITERIAIt is awarded to any member of the armed forces of the United States or of a friendly nation who, while serving in any capacity with the United

  • American Campaign Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe American Campaign Medal was authorized Nov. 6, 1942 by Executive Order No. 9265 that was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The medal was issued to commemorate the service performed by personnel of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard who served during the periods and in the

  • American Defense Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe American Defense Service Medal was established per Executive Order 8808, dated June 28, 1941, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and announced in War Department Bulletin 17. The criteria was announced in Department of the Army Circular 44 in Feb. 13, 1942. CRITERIAThe American Defense

  • Antarctica Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDEstablished by an Act of Congress on July 7, 1960, the ribbon was authorized in 1961, and the design of the medal received final approval in 1963. The first recipients of this award were members of the U.S. Navy operation High Jump under the late Admiral R.E. Byrd in 1946 and 1947.

  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal was established on Dec. 4, 1961, to be awarded to members of the United States armed forces who, after July 1, 1958, have participated in a United States military operation and encountered foreign armed opposition, or were in danger of hostile action by foreign armed

  • Armed Forces Reserve Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Armed Forces Reserve Medal was authorized by President Truman by Executive Order 10163, dated Sept. 25, 1950. The Executive Order was amended by Executive Order, dated Aug. 6, 1996, to include authorization for award based on mobilization. CRITERIAAwarded to any service member or

  • Armed Forces Service Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis award, authorized by Executive Order 12985, Jan. 11, 1996, is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who, after June 1, 1992: (1) participate, or have participated, as members of U.S. military units, in a U.S. military operation that is deemed to be a significant activity

  • Army Good Conduct Medal

    BACKGROUNDThe Army Good Conduct Medal was authorized by Executive Order 8809, on June 28, 1941, and is awarded to enlisted members who have honorably completed three continuous years of active military service subsequent to Aug. 26, 1940, and who are recommended by their commanding officers for

  • Army of Occupation Medal

    BACKGROUNDThis medal was established in 1946 and the order has been amended several times to cover areas not originally authorized. CRITERIAIt is awarded for 30 consecutive days at a normal post of duty on assignment to the armies of occupation.  Refer to Department of Defense 1348.33-M for areas

  • Article 5 NATO Medal (Operation Active Endeavor)

    BACKGROUNDThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization Medal for Operation Active Endeavour was approved by the North Atlantic Council for members who participated in NATO's operation in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and the airspace above it, following the terrorist attacks on the