NATO Service Medal (Commemorative) honors all US Armed Forces who served in Europe anytime from 1949 to present.
NATO Service Medal (Commemorative) – Overview
Description: Round bronze 1-¼ inches. Front: The Commemorative NATO Service Medal has at its center a compass rose over two crossed swords representing the two main geographical areas of NATO; Europe and North America. Nineteen stars encircle the military medal and represent the original 19 partners of NATO. The circle behind the compass rose and swords represents the unit of NATO. The 1949 founding date of NATO is noted at the bottom of the compass rose.
The NATO Service Medal reverse has a wreath of laurel, the emblem of victory and triumph with a traditional American War eagle at the top. A circular band has the words duty, honor, country separated by a combination of 13 stars. A space in the center is for engraving the recipients name.
NATO Service Medal – Ribbon Description
The overall ribbon reflects the NATO colors of blue and white. The center white stripe stands for purity of purpose and is flanked by golden yellow stripes, which are the historical color of victory. The outer gold stripes signify that NATO has been successful in the defense all NATO partners.NATO Service Medal - Commemorative,