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Awards and decorations.

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Silver/Bronze Stars

The bronze service star represents participation in campaigns or operations, multiple qualifications or an additional award to any of the various ribbons on which it is authorized. The silver star is worn in the same manner as the bronze star, but each silver star is worn in lieu of five bronze stars. When worn together on a single ribbon, the silver star(s) will be worn to the wearer's right of any bronze star(s).

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Silver/Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters

The bronze oak leaf cluster represents second and subsequent entitlements of awards. The silver oak leaf cluster represents sixth, 11th, etc., entitlements or in lieu of five bronze oak leaf clusters. Silver oak leaf clusters are worn to the wearer's right of any bronze oak leaf clusters on the same ribbon.

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Antarctica Service Medal Clasp (and disc)

The Antarctica Service Medal Clasp, with the words "Wintered Over," is only worn on medal's suspension ribbon. The discs are authorized for people who stayed on the continent during winter.

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Germany and Japan Clasps

Clasps authorized for wear on the Army of Occupation Medal The Army of Occupation Medal is a military decoration of the United States military which was established by the United States War Department in 1946. The medal was created in the aftermath of the Second World War to recognize those who had performed occupation service in either . The inscriptions "Germany" or "Japan" signify in what area of occupation recipient served.

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Arctic Service Device

The "A" device, when worn with oak leaf clusters, is worn to the wearer's right of such clusters. The device is worn with the Air Force Overseas Ribbon Short Tour and is authorized for people who completed a short tour north of the Arctic Circle.

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M Device

The "M" device is worn with the Armed Forces Reserve Medal to denote active duty status for at least one day during a contingency.

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Hourglass Device

The hourglass is worn with the Armed Forces Reserve Medal in bronze for 10 years of service, silver for 20 years and gold for 30 years.

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Valor Devices and Clusters

The "V" device represents valor and does not denote an additional award. Only one may be worn on any ribbon. When worn on the same ribbon with clusters, it is worn to the wearer's right of such clusters.

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Good Conduct Medal Clasp

Clasps authorized for the award of additional Good Conduct Medals: Bronze for one to four awards, silver for five to nine awards and gold for 10 or more awards.

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Plane Device

The device is worn with the Army of Occupation Medal to denote service of 90 consecutive days in direct support of the Berlin Airlift (June 26, 1948, to Sept. 30, 1949).

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Arrowhead

The arrowhead denotes participation in a combat parachute jump, combat glider landing or amphibious assault landing. The arrowhead points up and is worn to the wearer's right of any service stars.

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Medal of Honor

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Bronze Star Medal

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Air Force Achievement Medal

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Combat Readiness Medal

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Euro-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

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Southwest Asia Service Medal The Southwest Asia Service Medal is a military decoration of the United States armed forces which was created by order of President George H.W. Bush on March 12, 1991. The decoration is intended to recognize those military service members who performed duty during the years of the  

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Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal The Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal is a decoration of the United States military which was created under

eo: 12830 by George Bush on January 9 1993.
 

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USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon

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RVN Gallantry Cross with Palm *

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Air Force Cross

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Purple Heart

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Air Force Combat Action Medal The Air Force Combat Action Medal (AFCAM) is a new medal issued by the United States Air Force. It was first awarded on June 12 2007 for actions from 11 September 2001 to a date to be determined and may be awarded posthumously.

Air Force Chief of Staff General T.
 

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Air Force Good Conduct Medal

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World War II Victory Medal

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Kosovo Campaign Medal

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Air and Space Campaign Medal The Air and Space Campaign Medal (ASCM) is a military decoration of the United States Air Force which was first created on April 24 2002 by order of Secretary of the Air Force James G. Roche.  

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USAF Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon

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United Nations Service Medal The United Nations Service Medal is an international military decoration which was established by the United Nations on December 12, 1950. The decoration was the first international award ever created and recognized the multi-national defense forces which participated in the  

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Defense Distinguished Service Medal The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is a United States military award which is presented for exceptionally distinguished performance of duty contributing to national security or defense of the United States.  

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Defense Meritorious Service Medal The Defense Meritorious Service Medal (DMSM) is the third-highest award bestowed upon members of the United States military by the United States Department of Defense. The medal is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces who, while serving in  

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Presidential Unit Citation

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Good Conduct Medal

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Army of Occupation Medal

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Afghanistan Campaign Medal

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Air Force Overseas Ribbon--Short Tour

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Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon

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United Nations Medal

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Distinguished Service Medal

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Meritorious Service Medal

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Gallant Unit Citation

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Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal

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Medal for Humane Action

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Iraq Campaign Medal

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Air Force Overseas Ribbon--Long Tour

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Air Force Training Ribbon The Air Force Training Ribbon is the lowest decoration of the United States Air Force, ranking only above foreign military awards.

The Air Force Training Ribbon was established in October of 1980 and is authorized to any member of the U.S.
 

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Air Force Training Ribbon

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NATO Medal (Former Republic of Yugoslavia) *

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Silver Star Medal

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Air Medal

Joint Meritorious Unit Award The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is a military award that was established on June 4, 1981 by Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and was implemented by Department of Defense Directive 1348.27 dated July 22, 1982.  

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Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon The Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon is a decoration of the United States Air Force which was created on February 21, 1968 by order of Secretary of the Air Force Harold Brown. The first presentation of the award was in June of 1970.  

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National Defense Service Medal

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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) is a United States armed forces medal created by Presidential Order of George W. Bush in March 12, 2003 and established by Executive Order 13289.  

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Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon The Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (AFESR) is a military decoration of the United States Air Force which was first created in June of 2003. The decoration is awarded to any member of the Air Force who completes a standard contingency deployment.  

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Philippine Defense Ribbon

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NATO Medal for Kosovo *

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Defense Superior Service Medal The Defense Superior Service Medal of the United States is a senior decoration of the Department of Defense. It is awarded to members of the United States military who perform "superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility.  

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Aerial Achievement Medal

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Meritorious Unit Award

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Air Force Recognition Ribbon The Air Force Recognition Ribbon is a decoration of the United States Air Force which was first created in October of 1980. The decoration is intended to recognize those who have received "non-portable" awards for accomplishment and excellence while serving on active duty in the  

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Korean Service Medal

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Global War on Terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act  Service Medal

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Air Force Longevity Service Award

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Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

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Legion of Merit

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Joint Service Commendation Medal

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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

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American Defense Service Medal

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Antarctica Service Medal

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Korean Defense Service Medal

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Air Force Basic Military Training Instructor Ribbon

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Philippine Independence Ribbon

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Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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Distinguished Flying Cross

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Air Force Commendation Medal

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Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

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American Campaign Medal

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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

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Armed Forces Service Medal

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Air Force Recruiter Ribbon

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Philippine Presidential Unit Citiation

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Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait

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Airman's Medal

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Joint Service Achievement Medal

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Prisoner of War Medal

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Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal

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Vietnam Service Medal

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Humanitarian Service Medal

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Armed Forces Reserve Medal

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Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation

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Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal

Civilian Awards

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Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service

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Air Force Civilian Award for Valor

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Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award

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Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award

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Command Civilian Award for Valor

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Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award

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Air Force Civilian Achievement Award

* Also awarded with gold, silver or bronze devices. The gold frame on the ribbon denotes a unit citation; without, an individual citation

** Gold border awarded to Airmen who participate in combat operations in a designated combat zone.
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