Air Force Presidential Unit Citation (PUC)

Air Force Presidential Unit Citation (PUC)

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Air Force Presidential Unit Citation

Air Force Presidential Unit Citation

Service: Air Force
Instituted: 1957
Criteria: Awarded to Air Force units for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy.
Devices: Bronze, silver oak leaf cluster
Notes: Original designation: Distinguished Unit Citation. Redesigned to present name in 1957

Air Force Presidential Unit Citation History

Established on February 26, 1942 as the “Distinguished Unit Badge” or the “Distinguished Unit Citation” during World War II, the award was redesigned as the Presidential Unit Citation in 1965. The Air Force Presidential Unit Citation award is a ribbon award only and was worn on the right chest of AAF personnel during WWII. It is awarded to Army and Air Force units that display the same degree of heroism in combat as would warrant the Distinguished Service Cross for an individual. The gold frame around the military ribbon was a larger size for AAF personnel then the one used by USAF with the open end of the “V” patter pointing upward. Awarded to members of the cited organization; may be worn permanently by members assigned to the unit for the period for which it was awarded. Current members of the unit who were not assigned to the unit for the award period are not entitled to wear the ribbon. Only those personnel who were members of the unit for the award period are authorized to wear the award.

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  1. Mickael Bruce at 9:34 am
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    About May or June 1975, after having completed our two major operations, Operation Babylift and Operation New Life, units stationed at Travis AFB, California, were awarded the President Unit Citation for our involvement and completion of those two Ops. But a listing I came across showing all units awarded the PUC during 1975, does not show any units of the 60th MAW or the 22nd Air Force, at Travis at the time before being moved to Charleston (I think). Though annotated on my DD-214, no record has been found to verify this event. So, how does one tell others inquiring about your PUC as to the circumstances for the award? Members lost on the first flight, the crash of the C-5A carrying 355 souls with about 155 or 175 being rescued, are listed on “The Wall”, Panel 1 West lines 120-122. The C-5 was a 60th MAW bird diverted at Clark AB on or about 3-4 Apr1975.

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