Military History

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Service: All Services (by Secretary of Defense) Instituted: 3 November 1977 Criteria: Noncombat merit­orious achievement or ser­vice while assigned to a Joint Activity Devices: Bronze & Silver Oak Leaf Cluster…Read more
Defense Superior Service Medal

Defense Superior Service Medal

Defense Superior Service Medal Service: All Services (by Secretary of Defense) Instituted: 6 February 1976 Defense Superior Service Medal Defense Superior Service Medal Criteria: Superior meritori­ous service to the United…Read more
Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal

Afghanistan Campaign Medal Service: All Services Instituted: 2004 Dates 2001 to TBA Afghanistan Campaign Medal Criteria: Active service in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, the liberation of Afghanistan. Devices:…Read more
Air Medal History & Overview

Air Medal History & Overview

Service: All Services Instituted: 1942 (Retroactive to 8 September 1939) Air Medal Criteria: Heroic actions or meritorious service while participating in aerial flight, but not of a degree that would…Read more
Iraq Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal

Iraq Campaign Medal Service: All Services Instituted: 2004  Dates 2003 to TBA Iraq Campaign Medal Criteria: Awarded for military service within the borders of Iraq (or its territorial waters). Retroactive…Read more
Disparate Regulations

Disparate Regulations

As the next post in this “Dissertation on Diversity”, the following differences in ribbon wear between the various Armed Services are submitted without further comment: A. The Air Force is…Read more
Medal For Humane Action

Medal For Humane Action

Service: All Services Instituted: 1949 Dates: 1948-49 Criteria: 120 consecutive days of service participating in, or in support of the Berlin Airlift Devices: None Medal For Humane Action - History and Criteria…Read more
American Defense Service Medal

American Defense Service Medal

Service: All Services Instituted: 1941 Dates 1939-41 Criteria: 12 months of active duty service during the above period Devices: All Services: Bronze Star (denotes bars); Naval Services: Bronze Letter “A”…Read more
Distinguished Flying Cross Medal

Distinguished Flying Cross Medal

Distinguished Flying Cross Medal Service: All Services Instituted: 1926 (retroactive to 6 April 1917) Distinguished Flying Cross Criteria Distinguished Flying Cross Medal Criteria: Heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in…Read more