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  • Medal for Humane Action

    BACKGROUNDThis medal is awarded to personnel who were assigned or attached to and present for duty for at least 120 days during the period June 26, 1948 and Sept. 30, 1949, inclusive with any of the units cited in Department of the Air Force general orders for participating in the Berlin Airlift or

  • Medal of Honor

    BACKGROUNDThis was established by Congress on July 6, 1960, as the highest of several awards created specifically for the Air Force. The first presentation of this Medal of Honor was made at the White House in Washington on Jan. 19, 1967, when the president placed it around the neck of Maj. Bernard

  • 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


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