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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Air Force Expeditionary




On June 18, 2003, the Secretary of the Air Force approved the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon as recognition for deployed status. The AFESR is awarded to Air Force active duty, Reserve and Guard personnel who complete a contingency deployment after Oct. 1, 1999.

Criteria
This is an Air Force achievement award and consists of a ribbon-only (there is no medal).

-- The Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon is awarded to military members of the Air Force who are credited with completion of a contingency deployment.

-- Deployment is defined as either deployment on contingency, exercise, deployment orders or members sourced in direct support (in-theater or out) of expeditionary operations with an overnight away-from-home station, destination or location of the temporary duty.

-- There is no time limit to accumulate the 90 non-consecutive days (members keep accumulating contingency temporary duty days until they reach 90 days).

-- The intent of this ribbon is one Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon for each deployment (provided the required deployment days are met). It is not intended to be awarded in multiples corresponding to each 45 consecutive days deployed.

-- Permanent party personnel assigned to air expeditionary units also are eligible to receive the AFESR after Oct. 1, 1999. Permanent party members assigned to Air Expeditionary Task Force units may qualify to receive both the AFESR and the Overseas Short/Long Tour Ribbon by meeting the 45 consecutive day requirement without adjustment to tour status. Permanent party members assigned to AETF units also qualify for the combat Gold Border.

-- Members on an overseas short tour may receive both the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon and the Overseas Short Tour ribbon, provided they meet the requirements of both

-- To qualify for this ribbon, individuals must have deployed for 45 consecutive days or 90 nonconsecutive days on a deployed status.

-- Any contingency deployment qualifies, overseas or stateside, regardless of the duty,.

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
In April 2004, the secretary of the Air Force approved authorizing a gold border to be worn on the air force expeditionary service ribbon to represent participation in combat operations. Award of the gold border is authorized for wear on the AFESR by individuals who were engaged in conducting or supporting combat operations in a designated combat zone.

A combat zone is defined as a geographic area designated by the president via executive order, or a qualified hazardous duty area in which a member is receiving imminent danger/hostile fire pay. Combat action is defined as when a member is subject to hostile fire, explosion or is engaged in employing lethal weapons (kinetic/non-kinetic).

For award of the AFESR w/GB, members must be/have been assigned to an Air Expeditionary Force plan identification or on contingency, exercise, deployment orders and have been receiving imminent danger or hostile fire pay. Aircrew members who engage in combat action must be assigned on aeronautical orders in direct support of a combat zone.

Prior to the award of the gold border, members must have met the eligibility requirement for award of the basic AFESR. The AFESR w/GB may be awarded to current and former Air Force Active Duty, Reserve and Guard personnel who since Oct. 1, 1999 meet the requirements of paragraphs 2 and 3.

The time eligibility criteria for award of the basic AFESR w/GB can be waived if the member meets one of the following criteria:

-- Be engaged in actual combat against the enemy and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy actions.

-- While participating in a designated operation, be killed, wounded or injured requiring medical evacuation from the combat zone.

-- Be a regularly assigned crew member flying combat/combat support sorties into, out of, within or over a combat zone.

-- Employ a kinetic or non-kinetic weapon from outside the designated combat zone, in a combat operation.

Order of precedence
The Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon is worn between the Air Force Overseas Service Ribbon (Long Tour) and the Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon.

Heraldry
This ribbon is arranged in eleven stripes in a symmetrical pattern. The center stripe is light blue and stands for Air Force capability. From this center stripe outward on each side, the narrow white stripe stands for integrity; ultramarine blue represents worldwide deployment; Air Force yellow stands for excellence and the last two stripes (scarlet and blue) stand for the United States.

Authorized device: Oak leaf cluster

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Marine Corps Expeditionary




a. Authorization. M.C.G.O. No. 33 of 8 May 1919.

b. Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to U.S. Marine Corps personnel per the requirements listed above for the Navy Expeditionary Medal. CMC maintains listings of eligible units.

c. Limitations. The Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal (MCEM) may only be awarded when Navy and Marine Corps units were the sole participants in the designated operation. In cases where an operation involved the participation of units from other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the AFEM shall be considered the more appropriate award. See paragraph 10 below for further details regarding the AFEM.

d. Branch of Service. In cases where Navy personnel are assigned to units of the Marine Corps operating forces that have been awarded the MCEM, Navy personnel will wear the NEM in lieu of the MCEM. Conversely, Marines assigned to units of the Navy operating forces that have been awarded the NEM will wear the MCEM in lieu of the NEM.

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Navy Expeditionary




a. Authorization. Navy Department General Order (N.D.G.O.) No. 84 of 5 August 1936.

b. Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to U.S. Navy service members who have actually landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed opposition, or operated under circumstances deemed to merit special recognition, and for which no service or campaign medal was awarded. Only personnel attached to one of the approved ships or units during the eligibility period, and who actually participated in the given operation, are eligible for the Navy Expeditionary Medal (NEM).. This includes personnel attached to a squadron or unit embarked in a ship during the eligible period for that ship. Members of rear echelons, transients, observers, and personnel assigned for short periods of Temporary Additional Duty (TAD) or Training Duty (TD) are not normally eligible for the award. However, an individual will be given consideration in those instances when the local commander certifies a particular and significant contribution. Such certification should be submitted to the CNO/CMC, via the fleet commander who exercised operational control in the area involved. CNO maintains a list of eligible ships/units.

c. Authorized Operations. The following are the most recently authorized expeditions:

CUBA 03 Jan 61 -23 Oct 62
THAILAND 16 May 62 -10 Aug 62
INDIAN OCEAN/IRAN/YEMEN 08 Dec 78-06 Jun 79
IRAN/INDIAN OCEAN 21 NOV 79 -20 act 81
LEBANON 20 Aug 82-31 May 83
LIBYA 20 Jan 86 -27 Jun 86
PERSIAN GULF 01 Feb 87-23 Jul 87
LIBERIA (SHARP EDGE) 05 Aug 90 -21 Feb 91
RWANDA (DISTANT RUNNER) 07 Apr 94-18 Apr 94
ERITERA (SAFE DEPARTURE) 06 Jun 98-25 Jun 98
USS COLE (DETERMINED RESPONSE) 12 Oct 00-15 Dec 02

d. Awarding Authority. Commanding officers shall ensure appropriate service record entries are made for eligible enlisted personnel, and issue letters of eligibility for eligible officer personnel. No citation or certificate will be issued.

e. Limitations. The NEM may only be awarded cases in which Navy units were the sole participants in the designated operation. In cases where an operation involved participation of units from other branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) shall be considered the more appropriate award. See paragraph 10 below for further details regarding the AFEM.

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China Service




Authorized by the Secretary of the Navy, July 1, 1942.

Authorized by the Secretary of the Navy, for the period after WWII, January 22, 1945.

Awarded to U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Service member who served on shore in China or who were attached to any of the vessels that operated in support of the operations in China between July 7, 1937 and September 7, 1939.

The period of eligibility was subsequently extended on March 6, 1947. During the second period, the medal was awarded to Service members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard during operations in China between September 2, 1945 and April 1, 1957. Military services performed in the Asiatic-Pacific area between September 2, 1945 and March 2, 1946, shall not be credited toward individual eligibility for the China Service Medal, unless the Service member is already eligible for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal for military service
performed before September 2, 1945.

Not more than one award of the China Service Medal (extended) shall be given to any Service member. Service members, who previously earned the China Service Medal for the period 1937 through 1939 shall be issued a bronze star instead of a second award for qualifying military service during the extended period of 1945 through 1957.

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American Defense




Authorized by Executive Order 8808 (reference (dddd)). Promulgated by War Department Bulletin 17 and Navy Department General Orders No. 172.

Awarded to all U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps Service members who served on active duty at any time between September 8, 1939 and December 7, 1941. Service members in the U.S. Army were required to have had served for a period of at least 12 months.

Recipients of the American Defense Service Medal, depending on the circumstances, were authorized to wear certain devices with the award.

Service Clasps

Foreign Service. Awarded to U.S. Army Service members for service outside the continental United States (CONUS), as crew members of a vessel sailing ocean waters, flights over ocean waters, or as an assigned member of an organization stationed outside the CONUS.

Fleet Clasp. Awarded to U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard Service members for military service on the high seas while regularly attached to any vessel or aircraft squadron in the Atlantic, Pacific, or Asiatic Fleets, to include vessels operating directly under the Chief of Naval Operations.

Base Clasp. Awarded to U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard Service members for military service on shore at bases and naval stations outside the United States, including military service in Alaska and Hawaii.

Service Star. Possession of a service clasp is denoted by wearing of a bronze star on the service ribbon of the American Defense Service Medal. The star may not be worn if the letter "A" device is authorized.

Letter "A" Device. A bronze letter "A" is authorized for those Service members who served on board vessels operating in actual or potential belligerent contact with Axis Forces in the Atlantic Ocean between June 22 and December 7, 1941.

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American Campaign




American Campaign

Authorized by Executive Order 9265, as amended (reference (gggg)).

Awarded to Service members serving outside the CONUS in the American Theater for at least 30 days between December 7, 1941 and March 2, 1946, or who served during that period for an aggregate period of 1 year in the CONUS.

Service stars were authorized for both U.S. Army and U.S. Navy Service members to indicate participation in certain engagements with the enemy.

Boundaries of the American Theater are as follows:

Eastern Boundary. From the North Pole, south along the 75th meridian west longitude to the 77th parallel north latitude, thence southeast through the Davis Strait to the intersection of the 40th parallel north latitude and the 35th meridian west longitude, thence south along the meridian to the 10th parallel north latitude, thence southeast to the intersection of the equator and the 20th meridian west longitude, thence south along the 20th meridian west longitude to the South Pole.

Western Boundary. From the North Pole, south along the 141st meridian west longitude to the east boundary of Alaska, thence south and southeast along the Alaska boundary to the Pacific Ocean, thence south along the 130th meridian to its intersection with the 30th parallel north latitude, thence southeast to the intersection of the equator and the 100th meridian west longitude, thence south to the South Pole.

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