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Afghanistan Campaign Medal

bronze metal 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in diameter above a range of mountains is a map of Afghanistan.  Around the top is the inscription “AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN.” On the reverse, a radiating demi-sun superimposed by an eagle’s head couped.  Inscribed across the bottom half of the reserve side are the three lines “FOR SERVICE” “IN” “AFGHANISTAN” all enclosed by a laurel wreath.

Description: On a bronze metal 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in diameter above a range of mountains is a map of Afghanistan.  Around the top is the inscription “AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN.”  On the reverse, a radiating demi-sun superimposed by an eagle’s head couped.  Inscribed across the bottom half of the reserve side are the three lines “FOR SERVICE” “IN” “AFGHANISTAN” all enclosed by a laurel wreath.

Symbolism:  Mountains dominate the landscape of Afghanistan.  The map of the country highlights the theater of operation and our commitment to Operation Enduring Freedom.  The eagle, a symbol of the United States and the American spirit, is constantly vigilant, ready to defend freedom.  The rising sun embodies a new start for Afghanistan and its road to a free and prosperous future.  The laurel wreath is for honor and high achievement.  The ribbon reflects the colors of the new Afghanistan flag and the red, white and blue represent the United States and its allies.
 
Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes:  5/64 inch Emerald 67128; 3/16 inch Scarlet 67111; 1/8 inch Black 67138; 7/32 inch White 67101; 1/32 inch Scarlet 67111; 1/32 inch White 67101; 1/32 inch Old Glory Blue 67178; 1/32 inch White 67101; 1/32 inch Scarlet 67111; 7/32 inch White 67101; 1/8 inch Black 67138; 3/16 inch Scarlet 67111; 5/64 inch Emerald 67128.
 
Criteria:

a. The Afghanistan Campaign Medal is authorized by Public Law 108–234, 28 May 2004, and Executive Order 13363, 29 November 2004, as amended by Executive Order 13289, 12 March 2003.

b. Individuals authorized the Afghanistan Campaign Medal must have served in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Afghanistan and all air spaces above the land. The Afghanistan Campaign Medal period of eligibility is on or after 24 October 2001 to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of OEF.

c. Service members qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reasons of service between 24 October 2001 and 28 February 2005, in an area for which the Afghanistan Campaign Medal was subsequently authorized, will remain qualified for that medal. Upon application, any such service member may be awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for such service. No service member will be entitled to both medals for the same act, achievement or period of service.

The qualifying Afghanistan Campaign Medal operations, campaign phases, and associated inclusive dates for each are as follows:

Operations:

· Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) Sept. 11, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2014.
· Freedom's Sentinel Jan. 1, 2015 to present.

Campaign Phases:
· Liberation of Afghanistan Sept. 11, 2001 to Nov. 30, 2001.
· Consolidation I Dec. 1, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2006.
· Consolidation II Oct. 1, 2006 to Nov. 30, 2009.
· Consolidation III Dec. 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011.
· Transition I July 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2014.
· Transition II Jan. 1, 2015 to present.

d. Service members must have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility for 30 consecutive days or for 60 non-consecutive days or meet one of the following criteria:
(1) Be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the area of eligibility.
(2) While participating in an operation or on official duties, is wounded or injured and requires medical evacuation from the area of eligibility.
(3) While participating as a regularly assigned air crewmember flying sorties into, out of, within or over the area of eligibility in direct support of the military operations; each day of operations counts as one day of eligibility.

e. The following rules apply to award the Afghanistan Campaign Medal:
(1) The Afghanistan Campaign Medal may be awarded posthumously.
(2) Only one award of this medal may be authorized for any individual.
(3) Under no condition will personnel or units receive the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for the same action, time period or service.

f. Precedence for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal will be positioned below the Kosovo Campaign Medal and
above the Iraq Campaign Medal.


Components:  The following are authorized components and related items:
 
a.  Medal (regular size): MIL-DTL-3943/318B.  NSN 8455-01-527-8027 for set which includes regular size medal and ribbon bar.
            
b.  Medal (miniature size): MIL-DTL-3943/318B.  Available commercially.
 
c.  Ribbon:  MIL-DTL-11589/593.  Available commercially.
 
d.  Lapel Button (ribbon replica): MIL-DTL-11484/312.  Available commercially.
 
Background

Public Law 108-234, dated 28 May 2004 and Executive Order 13363, dated 29 November 2004, established the medal. The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense announced the establishment of campaign phases on 19 February 2008.


 
In order of precedence, the ACM will be worn before the Iraq Campaign Medal (ICM) and shall directly follow the Kosovo Campaign Medal (KCM) (i.e., KCM, ACM, ICM, GWOTEM, etc.).
      
Order of precedence and wear policy for service medals awarded to Army personnel is contained in Army Regulation (AR) 670-1.  Policy for awards, approving authority and supply of medals is contained in AR 600-8-22.  The policy for display of campaign streamers on guidons/flags and supply of streamers is contained in Chapter 9, AR 840-10.