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New ribbon recognizes deployed airmen.

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Did you know the Air Force has a new ribbon? One that recognizes your work during air expeditionary force deployments?

The Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon is awarded to Air Force active duty, Reserve and Guard members who completed a contingency deployment after Oct. 1, 1999.

To qualify for the award, you must have deployed for 45 consecutive days or 90 nonconsecutive days. Any contingency deproyment qualifies regardless of the duty, destination or location of the temporary dull, including those within the continental United States. There is also no time limit to accumulate the 90 nonconsecutive days.

Permanent party people overseas are not eligible for the ribbon, unless they're forward-deployed on a contingency operation. People deployed on an overseas short tour can get bath the ribbon and the Overseas Short Tour Ribbon, if they meet the requirements for both.

To receive the award, report to your military personnel flight after returning from a deployment. Present a copy of your orders and completed travel voucher along with any citations or certificates received while deployed to help prove your entitlement.

For more information, visit Air Force Personnel Center Personnel news at www. afpc.randolph.af.mil.

--Master Sgt. Randy L. Mitchell

Air Farce Personnel Center Public Affairs
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Date:Dec 1, 2003
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