ref: Recreation Assistant NCOIC
407th Expeditionary Support Squadron
UPDATE JULY 7, 2014: Well, the Air Force really knows how to name awards. The new medal (already known as the “Nuclear DETERGENT” Medal) has almost as many letters as the World Champion: “Air Force Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon” .
The enclosed graphic comes directly from the USAF Awards Office but has a small mystery attached in that the accompanying info calls for a silver stripe somewhere in the weave. Stay tuned for that little hassle.
We do know that it will be positioned just before the Short Term Air Force Overseas Ribbon and will take a gold block letter “N” (for Heaven only knows what) an identical twin of the device previously used by the Navy on its Presidential Unit Citation for the submerged transit of the Arctic Ocean/North Pole in August, 1968.
I hope to get some updated info in a few weeks or a month.
Our Latest Update on the Air Force Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
OBVERSE: On a disc with a narrow border, 1-¼ inches (3.18cm) in diameter, a laurel wreath surmounted by a nuclear/atomic symbol, all throughout, in the center of the symbol, a star bearing a disc, all bronze.
REVERSE: Within the circular inscription, ”NUCLEAR DETERRENCE OPERATIONS SERVICE,” a triangle between the first and last words, the U.S. Air Force “Hap Arnold” symbol and between its wings, the inscription “U.S. AIR FORCE,” all bronze.
The ribbon is 1-3/8 inches (3.49cm) in width, composed of the following vertical stripes: 9/64 inch (.36cm) Ultramarine Blue 67118; 1/16 inch (.16cm) Air Force Yellow 67103; 1/16 inch (.16 cm) Ultramarine Blue 67118; 3/64 inch (.12 cm) Gherkin Green 67183; 5/64 inch (.20 cm) Ultramarine Blue 67118; 1/32 inch (.08 cm) Scarlet 67111; 17/32 inch (1.35 cm) Ultramarine Blue 67118; 1/32 inch (.08 cm) Scarlet; 5/64 inch (.20 cm) Ultramarine Blue 67118; 3/64 inch (.12 cm) Gherkin Green 67111; 1/16 inch (.16 cm) Ultramarine Blue; 1/16 inch (.16 cm) Air Force Yellow 67103; 9/64 inch (.36 cm) Ultramarine Blue 67118.
Bronze conveys the honorary recognition of high performance while contributing to the success of the U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence mission. The laurel wreath symbolizes achievement, recognizing the Active, Air National Guard and Reserve personnel who support nuclear deterrence. The atomic symbol indicates the core responsibility of nuclear prevention. The star with the disc denotes the Air Force. The triangle on the reverse alludes to the nuclear triad, signifying the categories of nuclear arsenal: bombs, intercontinental missiles and ballistic missiles. On the reverse, the Hap Arnold symbol represents the U.S. Air Force.
Blue denotes the nuclear dominance in the sky. Red signifies fervor of the provision of strategic nuclear deterrence. Green suggests the global capabilities of nuclear prevention. Gold represents the greatest assets of the nuclear enterprise– personnel.
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 – CAAir Force Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal,