Knowing Your Gulf War Medals

Knowing Your Gulf War Medals

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Gulf War Medals

Gulf War Medals

List of Desert Storm and Desert Shield Medals and descriptions Click here to get yours



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National Defense Medal Southwest Asia Medal

NDSM NATIONAL DEFENSE SERVICE MEDAL

1990-95 (Persian Gulf War Period)

Criteria: 120 consecutive days of service participating in, or any honorable active duty service.

President Bush issued an Executive Order 12776 on October 8, 1991 authorizing award of the medal to all members of the Reserve forces whether or not on active duty during the designated period of the Gulf War.

SASM SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE MEDAL

1990-95 (Persian Gulf War Period)

Criteria: Active participation in, or support of, Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and/or subsequent follow-on operations in southwest Asia.

Recipients of this medal are usually entitled to the Saudi Arabian Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait and the Emirate of Kuwait Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait.

Awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who participated in, or directly supported, military operations in Southwest Asia or in surrounding areas between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995 (Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and follow-up). The medal was established by an executive order signed by President George Bush on March 15, 1991.

Kuwait Liberation Medal Kuwait Liberation Medal

SAUDI ARABIAN VERSION OF THE KUWAIT LIBERATION MEDAL

1991

Criteria: Participation in, or support of, Operation Desert Storm (1991 Jan-Feb).

Notes: Support must have been performed in theater, e.g., Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Gulf of Oman, etc.

Established in 1991 by the Government of Saudi Arabia for members of the Coalition Forces who participated in Operation DESERT STORM and the liberation of Kuwait. In the same year, the U.S. Defense Department authorized the acceptance and wearing of the Kuwait Liberation Medal by members of the Armed Forces of the United States.

KUWAIT VERSION OF THE KUWAIT LIBERATION MEDAL

1995

Criteria: Participation in, or support of, Operations Desert Shield and/or Desert Storm (1990-93)

Notes: Support must have been performed in theater, e.g., Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Gulf of Oman, etc.

Established in July, 1994 by the Government of Kuwait for members of the United States military who participated in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. On March 16, 1995, the Secretary of Defense authorized the acceptance and wearing of the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) by members of the Armed Forces of the United States. To be eligible, U.S. military personnel must have served in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM between August 2, 1990 and August 31, 1993, in The Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, portions of the Arabian Sea , The Gulf of Aden or the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The recipient must have been attached to or regularly serving for one or more days with an organization participating in ground and/or shore operations, aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military operations, actually participating as a crew member in one or more aerial flights directly supporting military operations in the areas designated above or serving on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days during this period. That time limitation may be waived for people participating in actual combat operations.

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