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Awards and decorations.

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 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.

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

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** Gold border awarded to Airmen who participate in combat operations in a designated combat zone.
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Date:Apr 15, 2011
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