Iraq Medal of Commitment

Iraq Medal of Commitment

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383735 10150657307153625 274395773624 12061274 1900826326 n 150x150 Iraq Medal of CommitmentEarlier this year Iraq’s Minister of Defense, Dr. Saadoun Al-Dlaimi, sent notice to the Secretary of Defense authorizing the Government of Iraq Commitment Medal.  Here is an example of how we receive information and announcements on new military medals here at Medals of America. This medal has yet to be adopted and produced. Below is the message written to the Secretary.

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Dear Mr. Secretary:

As Iraq and the United States prepare for the final withdrawal of United States forces, we reflect upon the long years during which we have been mutually committed to the effort to achieve peace and prosperity for the people of Iraq.  We wish to recognize the contributions of those who have dedicated themselves to this great work. The government of Iraq is pleased to inform you that it has approved the issuance of the Government of Iraq Commitment Medal as a fitting means of acknowledgement.

It is our intention that the medal be awarded to military personnel who served in Iraq as part of the armed forces of the United States and other coalition nations. To qualify to receive the medal, service members must have served for 30 consecutive days or for 60 non-consecutive days within the borders of Iraq, within its territorial waters, or within its airspace during the period of March 19, 2003 to December 31, 2011. Pilots and aircrew members who flew missions within Iraqi airspace will be credited for one day for each day of air operations. In addition, service members who engaged in combat during an armed engagement or were wounded or injured in the line of duty to a degree which required medical evacuation from Iraq qualify without regard to the number of days of service. We expect that more than one million current or former service members may be eligible to receive the Commitment Medal.

We have enclosed a depiction of the medal and its associated ribbon. The Government of Iraq authorizes military authorities of the United States and other coalition partners to award the medal on behalf of Iraq to persons whose military records demonstrate that they qualify. We further authorize the United States and other coalition partners to arrange for the production of the medal and ribbon in their respective countries so that the items may be readily available to the recipients.

May the commitment to the bright future of Iraq, which we have shared through many difficult years, never be forgotten.

Sincerely,

Dr. Saadoun Al-Dlaimi
Minister of Defense

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The Commitment Medal is to be issued by the Government of Iraq to honor the service of the United States and its Allies during the Liberation of Iraq.

Description – The Commitment Medal is a gold-colored medal with enamel, 1 9/16 in diameter. On the front the relief of Iraq represents the area of operation. The lines symbolize the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, recalling Iraq’s title as “the land of two rivers.” The two hands superimposed over the relief symbolize the friendship between Iraq and her coalition allies. The star at the center top represents a vision of unity for the seven peoples of Iraq (Sunni, Shia, Kurd, Turkoman, Assyrian, Yazidi, Armenian) leading to a more secure, prosperous and free future for Iraqis. The inscription in both Arabic and English merge into a continuous circle symbolizing the closeness of Iraq and her allies.
On the reverse side the rayed disc symbolizes the sun, optimism and Iraq’s future of reconstruction and the establishment of the democratic way of life. The relief of Iraq represents the area of operation. The lines symbolize the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, recalling Iraq’s title as “the land of two rivers.” The crossed scimitars recall the partnership between Coalition Forces and Iraqi Security Forces essential to bringing a democratic way of life to Iraq. Gold is emblematic of honor and high achievement. It states JOINT COMMITMENT in both Arabic and English symbolizing the unity of effort between Iraq and her Coalition Partners. The palm trees along with the palm fronds on the front represent the sacrifices made by the Coalition Partners.

Ribbon – The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches in width; however it is it is mounted on the ribbon bar horizontally so that the horizontal top stripe is a 1/16 Chamois (67142) stripe with a 3/64 inch Scarlett (67111) stripe underneath it. A 1/16 inch White (67101) stripe on each side of a 1/16 Green (67129) follows. Below the bottom white stripe is a 3/64 Black (67138) stripe with a 1/16 Chamois (67142) stripe serving as the bottom stripe. A device of palm fronds representing the sacrifices of coalition forces, both Iraqi and Allied, is centered on the ribbon.

The colors represent the following. The Green is the traditional color for Islam. Red honors the fighting courage for the pursuit of freedom. White denotes generosity and black exemplifies Islam’s success. The tan represents the sands of Mesopotamia.

For more information on the official ceremony visit here.

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  1. hugo at 5:01 pm
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    I wonder if this medal has been assigned or requested by someone, or iff know whom should I direct this request for information?
    I'm Portuguese officer who served in Iraq in 2004-05 during operation Antica Babilonia.

    thank you

  2. John at 5:21 pm
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    Since the medal was offered for production by the United States and allied forces it will not be accepted, as I understand it. The Iraqi's would have had to produce the award and then gift it to all Soldiers. We will never see this one!

    • Dennis at 12:40 am
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      If the government or the DOD wanted to, they could fund the production, but there is little interest in doing so. Iraq duty already qualifies for sever other awards and decorations that they probably don't see the need for another. Though. as a troop, I would like a medal to weal with my service dress.

  3. Jason at 3:15 pm
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    What is going on with this award? Last I heard was no-go due to the US having to mint the medal. However; out of all my medals I have only been “presented” with 2 of them. I just don’t understand why the US doesn’t authorize the award and allow us Service Members to purchase the medal. Who knows? It might help the economy….

  4. Marc at 8:47 am
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    I agree with Jason. It would cost the US government nothing to authorize the wear, and I am sure some company would be willing to produce it for sale. Not to accept in some fashion seems to be a slap in the face to the Iraqi government we helped put in place.

  5. Marc at 8:40 pm
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    I do not understand why this medal is not authorized for official wear by the US government. As the last poster noted, many (most) folks end up buying their awards any way. If the design is endorsed and the award is authorized, some company will produce the award for sale (several million potential sales is a pretty good incentive). This costs the US government nothing. To not at least permit the wear of this award is a slap in the face to the government we worked eight years to put in place…

  6. JM Charette at 11:22 am
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    That US minting issue seems straange to me. Maybe one of the "old timers" can correct me. As I recall, the Vietnam Campaign Medal was never issued or awarded by the US. It was approved for wear. It seems that when I first came on active duty, and you could not buy full sized US medals in the exchange, the only full sized medals available were the Vietnamese ones. In fact I believe that if you asked for a reissue of one, the DOD would would tell you to go to a private vendor. What about the Kuwaiti and the Saudi medals after Desert Storm? I don't believe the US had any responsibility to produce either one of those. Why would this be different?

  7. Fernandez at 8:25 am
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    As we start the 2013, are there any possibilities that the new incoming Secretary of Defense will approve this medal for wear by members of the US Armed Forces.

    Those anybody has any updated information ?

  8. Mr.Donato at 1:25 pm
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    Is there any congressmen tracking this at all. I have made friends with Iraqi’s on my last deployment on a MTT and I would like to have this medal as a reminder of them. Who do we contact.

  9. Marvin at 1:26 pm
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    Its sad becasue as servicemen we rarely get it anything to show what we have done…i would love to wear it…Its what w e have to look back on one day and tell our kids and grandkids………

    • Harry at 6:02 pm
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      Yeah, because the global war on terrorism, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi campaign medal and overseas ribbon and service stripe isn't enough? Stop complaining and drive on!

  10. SPC Demotable at 5:58 pm
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    It would make sense for all soldiers who served in Iraq to receive this medal if the Govt. of Iraq saw fit to design the damned medal for it, as well as the requirements for authorization. Just like how my father had the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, it would be only right for the men and women I have served with to have this one. Hell, the sergeants I've had who served in Iraq did a hell of a lot to deserve some kind of recognition from the country they fought to help.

    I wonder how that would be done … mass presentation ceremonies? It would be a good thing to see every Iraq veteran in a given battalion or brigade recognized together.

  11. jason at 8:40 am
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    Anybody else notice all the recent articles detailing this award, ie navytimes, marinecorpstimes, armytimes, have been removed from internet? Kind of suspicious considering they all called out biden for being the only recipient …

  12. pedro ayala at 4:33 pm
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    We soldiers served once or more times in Iraq to make sure they get the democracy they deserve. Iraq is like Rome, it won’t be built in one day, but if we made a difference to the iraqi people and they want to recognize us for our sacrifices, then we deserve it.

  13. Marcquis at 4:51 pm
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    Sad the Iraqi government has not yet followed through with this medal. More En Sha Allah I guess.

  14. Mapedo at 4:51 pm
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    As intrigued as I am, I feel the administration is handling this appropriately. Military decorations authorized for wear in uniform must meet certain criteria. That being said – the government cannot stop a nation or entity from recognizing you or awarding you with a decoration. You just can't wear it in uniform. So in a sense, someone just needs to make the thing and if you qualify, you can have it. You just can't wear it with your other medals. This is done in order to preserve the sanctity of our recognition for military action as it is recognized by the government of the United States. Don't forget, we didn't go thankless – we got the GWOT, the campaign medal, and some had the GWOTEM. You can't allow other governments arbitrarily declare what devices can be worn in uniform. Devices that are authorized for wear are endorsed by the government or service which awards the medal to the member. While the sentiment is endearing, it would have been prudent for the Iraqi MoD to inquire about the stipulations before giving the US government the authority to give a medal on their behalf. If I was in the shoes of our secretary, I would read the message as asking the US government to duplicate recognition of the campaign medal, which has a high precedence for decorations relative to the precedence a foreign decoration would have if endorsed.

  15. Robert Walters at 8:30 pm
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    The Vietnamese government did not give us those green medals of theirs with the little 1960 device, we had to buy them in the PX. So saying that the soldiers have to wait is total horse shit. The American ones were issue but not the foreign stuff. I think the US gave us a row with three ribbons on it as we left RVN but in those days we wore khakis instead of utility uniforms so they wanted us to look right when we got off the plane. There is no reason at all that a commercial outfit couldn't just make the Iraqi Medal and also the Afghan Freedom Medal, same for ribbons and start flooding them into the ranks.
    The two governments have already announced the awards which is no different than the RVN deal back in the day.

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