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Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Established by order of President George W. Bush, on 28 MAY 2004.

Awarded to members of the U.S. uniformed services who serve or have served in Afghanistan or contiguous air space, on or after 24 OCT 2001 and to a Date to Be Announced.

The bronze Arrowhead Device may be worn to denote actual participation in a combat parachute jump, helicopter assault landing, or amphibious assault landing.

The ACM is awarded with at least one 3/16-inch bronze Service Star for the following campaign periods, one 3/16-inch silver Service Star in lieu of five bronze:

• Liberation of Afghanistan --
• Consolidation I --
• Consolidation II --
11 SEP-30 NOV 2001
01 DEC 2001-30 SEP 2006
01 OCT 2006-30 NOV 2009
• Consolidation III --
• Transition I --
• Transition II --
01 DEC 2009-30 JUN 2011
01 JUL 2011-31 DEC 2014
01 JAN 2015-DBA

Upon application, a member may be awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for service in Afghanistan. No member shall be entitled to the award of more than one of these two medals for the same period of service.



Designed by The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army

 

 




Iraq Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Established by order of President George W. Bush, on 28 MAY 2004.

A
warded to members of the uniformed services of the U.S. who serve or have served in Iraq or
contiguous waters or air space, between 19 MAR 2003 and 31 DEC 2011.


The bronze Arrowhead Device may be worn to denote actual participation in a combat parachute jump, helicopter assault landing, or amphibious assault landing.

The ICM is awarded with at least one 3/16-inch bronze Service Star for the following campaign periods, one 3/16-inch silver Service Star in lieu of five bronze:

• Liberation of Iraq --
• Transition of Iraq --
• Iraqi Governance --
19 MAR-01 MAY 2003
02 MAY 2003-28 JUN 2004
29 JUN 2004-15 DEC 2005
• National Resolution --
• Iraqi Surge --
• Iraqi Sovereignty --
16 DEC 2005-09 JAN 2007
10 JAN 2007-31 DEC 2008
01 Jan 2009-31 DEC 2011

Upon application, a member may be awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal
in lieu of the Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for service in Iraq.
No member shall be entitled to the award of more than one of these two medals for the same period of service.



Designed by The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army

 



Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

Southwest Asia Service Medal

Established by order of President Barack Obama on 30 MAR 2016.

Awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who serve or have served in Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace on or after 15 JUN 2014 and to a Date to Be Announced.

Any member who qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reason of service in Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace after 15 JUN 2014, remain qualified for that medal. Upon application, a member may be awarded the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, but shall not be entitled to the award of both medals for the same period of service.

The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Service members serving deployed outside of Iraq and Syria for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE will continue to be awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.


Designed by The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army.

 





Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal


  Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Established by order of President George W. Bush, on 17 MAR 2004.

Awarded to U.S. Armed Forces personnel
who deploy abroad for service in the Global War on Terrorism operations
on or after 11 SEP 2001 and to a Date to Be Announced.

The bronze Arrowhead Device may be worn to denote actual participation in a
combat parachute jump, helicopter assault landing, or amphibious assault landing.

(1) Battle Stars (3/16-inch bronze Service Stars)
may be applicable for service members engaged in actual combat
and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy action.
Only the Combatant Commander can initiate a request for a Battle Star. The request will contain the specific
unit(s) or individual(s) engaged in actual combat, the duration for which actual combat was sustained, and a detailed
description of the actions against the enemy.
(2) The Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) is the approving authority for Battle Stars.
(3) The approval of battle stars by the CJCS is authority for the senior Army commander in the combat theater to
approve campaign participation credit.
(4) On 09 FEB 2015, DoD announced authorization of Service Stars (3/16-inch bronze Service Stars) for wear on the GWOTEM to denote subsequent awards for the following approved operations:

• Qperation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) 11 SEP 2001-31 DEC 2014
• Qperation IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) 19 MAR 2003-31 AUG 2010
• Qperation NOMAD SHADOW (ONS) 05 NOV 2007-DBA
• Qperation NEW DAWN (OND) 01 SEP 2010-31 DEC 2011
• Qperation INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR) 15 JUN 2014-DBA
• Operation FREEDOM'S SENTINEL (OFS) 01 JAN 2015-DBA

Initial award was limited to personnel deployed abroad in Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and
IRAQI FREEDOM in the following specific geographic areas of eligibility: 
Afghanistan*, Iraq*, Qatar, Arabian Sea North of 10° & West of 68°,
Bahrain, Israel, Romania (Constanta), Bab el Mandeb,
Bulgaria (Bourgas), Jordon, Saudi Arabia, Gulf of Aden,
Crete, Kazakhstan, Somalia, Gulf of Aqaba,
Cyprus, Kenya, Syria, Gulf of Oman,
Diego Garcia, Kuwait, Tajikistan, Gulf of Suez,
Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Mediterranean Sea East of 28°,
Egypt, Lebanon, Turkmenistan, Persian Gulf,
Eritrea, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Red Sea,
Ethiopia, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Strait of Hormuz,
Iran, The Philippines, Yemen, Suez Canal

Additions made 11 Apr 2005
;

Algeria, Georgia, Mali, Uganda,
Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Hungary,
Mauritania,
Mediterranean Sea
("boarding and searching" vessel operations)
Chad, Kosovo**, Niger,



 
*   Effective 30 Apr 2005, the GWOTEM is no longer authorized to be awarded for service in Afghanistan and/or Iraq.
       (This was reversed, for Iraq, in 2014 with the authorization for Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.)
**  Only specific GWOT operations not associated with operations qualifying for the Kosovo Campaign Medal.


Personnel may receive both the GWOTEM and the GWOTSM, if they meet the requirements of both awards;
however, the same period of service establishing eligibility for one cannot be used for the other.
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Soldiers are not authorized the GWOTEM or Service Stars if they were previously awarded the
Afghanistan Campaign Medal or Iraqi Campaign Medal for the same deployment.

 

Designed by The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army





Global War on Terrorism Service Medal


 Global War on Terrorism Service Medal

Established by order of President George W. Bush, on 17 MAR 2004.

Awarded to U.S. Armed Forces personnel
who have participated in or served in support of Global War on Terrorism operations on or after 11 SEP 2001 and to a Date to Be Announced.

Initial award of the GWOTSM will be limited to airport security operations
(27 SEP 2001 through 31 MAY 2002) and personnel who supported
Operations NOBLE EAGLE, ENDURING FREEDOM, and IRAQI FREEDOM

Personnel may receive both the GWOTEM and the GWOTSM, if they meet the requirements of both awards; however, the same period of service establishing eligibility for one cannot be used for the other.

 

Designed by The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army

 



Korea Defense Service Medal

Korean Defense Service Medal

Authorized by Congress and signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002.

Awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who served on active duty in support
of the defense of the Republic of Korea,
from 28 JULY 1954 to a Date to Be Announced.

DoD has approved, as an exception to policy, to authorize service members who qualified for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) for service between 01 Oct 1966 and 30 Jun 1974, in the area for which Korea Defense Service Medal (KDSM) was authorized, to be eligible for both the AFEM and KDSM.  Award of the KDSM for this time period is a one-time exception to policy to comply with section 543 of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2003, Public Law 107 314.

The area of elegibility encompasses all land area of the Republic of Korea and
the contiguous waters out to 12 nautical miles and all air space above the land and water areas.
Only one award of the KDSM is authorized for any individual.

 

Designed by John Sproston, The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army.




Armed Forces Service Medal

Armed Forces Service Medal

Established by order of President Bill Clinton, on 11 JAN 1996.

Awarded to U.S. military who participate in units
involved in military operations
with no foreign, armed opposition or threat of hostile action.

One 3/16-inch bronze Service Star
is worn to denote second and subsequent awards. To be eligible for additional awards, service must be rendered in more than one designated area and period of service.
No two awards will be made for service in the same designated area.

Approved Operations include;

(1) Relating to the former Yugoslavia:

  • Operation MARITIME MONITOR --
  • Operation PROVIDE PROMISE --
  • Operation DENY FLIGHT --
01 Jun-01 Dec 1992
02 Jun 1992-15 Feb 1996
12 Apr 1993-02 Dec 1995
  • Operation SHARP GUARD --
  • Task Force ABLE SENTRY --
  • Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR --
15 Jun 1993-20 Sep 1996
12 Jul 1993-31 Mar 1999
20 Nov 1995-19 Dec 1996
(DoD approved in addition to the AFEM)
  • Operation JOINT GUARD --
20 Dec 1996-20 Jun 1998 (DoD approved in addition to the AFEM)
    * Operation DELIBERATE GUARD - Air Component
    * Operation DETERMINED GUARD - Naval Component
  • Operation JOINT FORGE --


21 Jun 1998-02 Dec 2004
[Deployed in Slovenia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary; and air spaces]
(See AFEM)

(2) Relating to Haiti:


  • Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY
 
   * United Nations Mission, Haiti --
   * United States Support Group, Haiti --
   * United States Forces, Haiti --
01 Apr 1995-15 Apr 1996
01 Apr 1995-31 Jan 2000
16 Apr 1995-29 Feb 1996
  • Haiti Earthquake Relief,
  Operation UNIFIED RESPONSE --

14 Jan-10 Jun 2010

(DoD approved in addition to the HSM; but qualifying periods may not overlap)
[Haiti, including waters and airspace to 25 nm; Guantanimo Bay, Cuba; Dominican Republic;
Puerto Rico; Honduras; Florida; Arizona; Texas; North Carolina; South Carolina; and Illinois]


(3) Relating to Iraq and Turkey:


  • Operation PROVIDE COMFORT -- 01 Dec 1995-31 Dec 1996


(4) Relating to the United States:

  • Relief Efforts for
    Hurricanes Katrina and Rita --


27 Aug 2005-27 Feb 2006
(DoD approved in addition to the HSM; but qualifying periods may not overlap)
  • Operation JUMP START
    [U.S. SW Border] --

15 May 2006-15 Jul 2008
[National Guard forces]


(5) Relating to Africa:


  Operation UNITED ASSISTANCE
    (Ebola Relief) --

16 Sep 2014-30 Jun 2015


(This medal is intended to meet the void in the criteria between the AFEM and the HSM)




Designed by Nadine Russell, The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army.

 



Humanitarian Service Medal

Humanitarian Service Medal

Established by order of President Gerald Ford, on 19 Jan 1977.

Awarded to honor personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces
who have rendered service to mankind. *
(Retroactive to 01 Apr 1975)

One 3/16-inch bronze Service Star is worn for second and subsequent awards;
one 3/16-inch silver Service Star in lieu of five bronze.

* List of DoD Approved Operations


Designed by Jay C. Morris, The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army.

 



Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

Established by order of President George H.W. Bush, on 09 JAN 1993.

Awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces, who subsequent to 31 DEC 1992, performed outstanding
volunteer community service of a sustained, direct, and consequential nature.

Subsequent awards are designated by 3/16-inch bronze Service Stars;
one 3/16-inch silver Service Star in lieu of five bronze.
 

Designed by Nadine Russell, The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army.

 



Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Armed Forces Reserve Medal

Authorized by Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman, 25 Sep 1950.

Awarded for 10 years of honorable and satisfactory service
in the Reserve Components
of the U.S. Organized Reserve Corps, Army of the United States, and
Officers Reserve Corps
within a 12-year period
or
for service of, at least, one day of active duty

in support of a contingency operation, on or after 01 AUG 1990.


This medal has six different reverse designs respective of the particular Reserve Corps:

National Guard
Army Reserve
Marine Corps Reserve
     
Naval Reserve
Air Force Reserve
Coast Guard Reserve

 

The bronze Hourglass Device, the bronze Mobilization "M" Device, and bronze Arabic Numerals
are all authorized for wear on the suspension and service ribbons.
 

Designed by The Institute of Heraldry, U.S. Army.

 



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