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Military, civilian medals approved for hurricane relief work.

Service members who took part in Hurricane Katrina and/or Hurricane Rita relief efforts may be eligible for a medal.

The director of the Joint Staff has approved awarding the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Armed Forces Service Medal for U.S. military members. Department of Defense civilians may receive the Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal.

To qualify for the HSM, service members must have provided direct support to immediate relief operations for at least one day in the area of eligibility--east of and including Houston (designated as 96 degrees longitude), Alabama, Louisiana or Mississippi--from Aug. 29 to Oct. 13, 2005.

Service members eligible to receive the AFSM must have provided direct support to relief operations for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days in the continental United States, minus the specific time period used to qualify for the HSM--from Aug. 27, 2005, to Feb. 27, 2006.

If a member receives an HSM for Katrina relief operations, he or she cannot receive a second HSM for Rita. The same applies for the AFSM. However, people who receive the HSM may later qualify for the AFSM if their direct support does not include the dates and actions used in their qualifications for the HSM.

To qualify for the AFCSM, civilians must have provided direct support to relief operations for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days in the same area of eligibility and period as the AFSM.

Eligible Air Force personnel must provide proof of entitlement to their servicing military personnel flight or civilian personnel office. Supporting documentation may consist of assignment orders, temporary duty orders or travel vouchers, a decoration citation, an enlisted or officer performance report reflecting participation, or other official documentation that verifies participation.

Any colonel in a command billet or civilian equivalent can approve the awarding of these medals if supporting documentation is not available.

Once verified, the servicing military or civilian personnel flight will update individual records. (Air Force Print News courtesy Air Force Personnel Center News Service)
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