Air Force Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Air Force Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

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Air Force Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Air Force Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

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.

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Our Latest Update on the Air Force Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, Miniature Medal, Ribbon and Lapel Pin

Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, Miniature Medal, Ribbon and Lapel Pin

DESCRIPTION
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.

SYMBOLISM
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.

RIBBON
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 – CA

Air Force Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, 8.0 out of 10 based on 1 rating
There are 11 comments for this article
  1. Frederick Velletri at 11:10 am
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    Serving in the Atom Bomb Test do I have a medal that I can wear for that servicing in the Navy on the USS Burleson APA 67 IN Biniki

    • Curt at 4:26 pm
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      The Cold War Certificate applies to all Services, from Sept. 2, 1945, to Dec. 26, 1991, those who meet the requirements may request the certificate – basically the predecessor to the NDOSM. So as testing on the Bikini atoll began in 1946, Mr. V’s service should qualify for the certificate. For AF members involved with the nuclear mission from Dec 27, 1991 – present, they can request the NDOSM. I’ve seen some mention a July 1992 date, but that is incorrect. As for other services involved with the nuclear mission, I do not know what type of recognition is available for their service members.

  2. Brian Bilbruck at 9:37 am
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    Why did the make the date to be elegible 1 June 1992 to (TBD)? Myself and alot of other SF personnel were serving in the ICBM fields years before that.

    • McD at 3:24 pm
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      Although my service dates fall within the specified criteria, I agree that it should go back further to include those that have served in the nuclear deterrence capacity since its inception.

  3. Dan at 9:12 am
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    Where’s the Gauntlet? Where’s the “Peace is our Profession”?

    The USAF ‘that’ allergic to SAC that the one thing where acknowledging it’s legacy is wholly appropriate, is completely bereft of it?

  4. Lamar Miller at 6:51 pm
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    After having served as a security policeman for 5.5 years guarding nuclear weapons and their associated weapons delivery systems, and standing my fair share of posts in nuclear alert areas, I am chagrined to learn that I’m not eligible for the NDOSM. Reason for denial: I came into the Air Force in 1965 and retired in 1988. Retroactive Date for the medal: 1991.

    Oh, yeah, after retraining out of the cops, I served 4 years in Germany in a nuclear weapons storage facility in a Nuclear Tech Admin position.

    Just remembered – I also served 6.5 years in a nuclear armed B52 wing. So, in my 20+ year career, I spent 12 years assigned to SAC units associated with nuclear weapons and 4 years in Europe directly assigned to the nuclear mission.

    Total: 16 years total service associated with our nuclear weapons program. But no medal for me! The Cold War never happened either. Oh, that’s right they shot that one down for me and many, many other deserving airmen too. Oh, what the heck. A certificate is just as good. Right?

  5. Donald Ostrem Jr. at 4:29 pm
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    Well, I hope the DOD will change the criteria for this medal because I served in a SAC base from 1985 to 1986. Why a date in 1991? Didn’t the Cold War end before 1 JUNE 1991? There were many Airman and other servicemen (Like Sailors) who worked with Nuclear weapons & we don’t get no credit? I don’t understand. \

    Finally, I just wanted to say that I was happy for being in service, but if Uncle Sam wants to give us “Cold War Veterans” for a job “well done” during the time I spent, I will be happy to have another medal under my chest. The Pentagon needs to look over their records before they issue out this medal.

  6. Joseph Lindsay at 12:36 am
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    I know we were not to tell anyone that our Tactical Missiles were equipped with high yield Nuclear warheads but why are we excluded from eligibility? We were required to meet what seemed to be, at the time, high standards of conduct, professionalism and were constantly being assessed and tested for our knowledge and competence. Just venting, I guess.

  7. Barry Eller at 9:29 pm
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    Let me get this straight. I spent almost 8 years in a Titan II hole, 10 HQ checks, upgraded Mazarro to MCCC in time for him to sit on the one that blew at LRAFB as an instructor MCCC, survived an 8 hr check ride with no errors on a new package and because I was on duty from 1972 to 1980

  8. Richard at 5:48 pm
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    Probably be dead by the time they settle this !!! I received the COLD WAR CERTIFICATE…….
    and was reguired to be on the flight line each time we went on ALERT ! And watched B-52’s
    take off (Barksdale, AFB)
    As a member of the medical squadron in case SOMETHING happened , Ha-Ha. ! ! !
    No medal or even commemorative medal for medics , corpsman and other medical staff ,
    Nothing from the AF……even after a year in Vietnam…… I could go on but it all falls on deaf ears and I don’t know how to get my thoughts on paper so I can get my point across.
    Good Luck to all of you that deserve this “new medal” !!
    Thanks for looking at these words

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