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Some AF personnel authorized to wear NATO medals

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Some deployed Air Force military and civilian personnel are now authorized to wear one of four North Atlantic Treaty Organization medals.

Those who served in a NATO unit for 30 continuous or accumulated days and were listed on a Combined Joint Statement of Requirements may be awarded either the NATO medal for Operation Eagle Assist, Operation Active Endeavor, International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan or the Balkans.

Air Force personnel who deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom are not eligible to wear the medals unless they performed certain ISAF duties in theater for the required time.

Airmen who were wounded or injured and required evacuation from the defined area of eligibility will qualify for the appropriate NATO medal regardless of the length of time they served there.

To update their medals in the Personnel Data System, Airmen must provide a source document, such as a certificate signed by the NATO secretary general, to their command support staff personnel.

Specific eligibility and approval requirements are available in Air Force message "Acceptance of NATO Medals" or by contacting base military or civilian personnel flights.