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Iraq Campaign Medal

Description: On a bronze metal 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in diameter the relief of Iraq, surmounted by two lines throughout, surmounting a palm wreath.  Above is the inscription “IRAQ CAMPAIGN.”  On the reverse, the Statue of Freedom surmounting a sunburst, encircled by two scimitars points down crossed at tip of blades, all above the inscription “FOR SERVICE IN IRAQ.”

Symbolism:  The relief of Iraq represents the area of operation.  The lines symbolize the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, recalling Iraq’s title as “the land of two rivers.”  The palm wreath denotes peace and honor.  The Statue of Freedom represents the ideals and goals of the United States army to bring stability and improve the way of life for Iraq.  The sunburst symbolizes hope and success.  The two scimitars recall the swords erected by Sadam Hussein during his reign; the points down symbolize the goal for freedom of the Iraqi people, after the fall of Hussein.  The ribbon reflects the colors of the Iraq flag.  Green is the traditional color for Islam.  Red honors the fighting courage for the pursuit of freedom.  White denotes generosity and black exemplifies Islam’s success.
 
Ribbon: The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and consists of the following stripes:  5/32 inch Scarlet 67111; 1/16 inch White 67101; 1/32 inch Green 67129; 1/16 inch White 67101; 5/32 inch Black 67138; 7/16 inch Chamois 67142; 5/32 inch Black 67138; 1/16 inch White 67101; 1/32 inch Green 67129; 1/16 inch White 67101; 5/32 inch Scarlet 67111.
 
Criteria:

a.  Authorized to be awarded to soldiers who deploy to Iraq in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) on or after 19 March 2003 to 31 December 2011.  The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Iraq and the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles, and all air spaces above the land area of Iraq and above the contiguous water area out to 12 nautical miles.
 
b.  To be eligible for the award, a soldier must be assigned or attached to a unit participating in OIF for 30 consecutive days or for 60 nonconsecutive days in Iraq or meet one of the following criteria:  1) Be engaged in actual combat against the enemy and under circumstances involving grave danger of death or serious bodily injury from enemy action, regardless, of time in the Iraq.  2) While participating in OIF or on official duties, regardless of time, is killed or wounded/injured requiring medical evacuation from Iraq.  3) While participating as a regularly assigned air crew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over Iraq in direct support of OIF; each day that one or more sorties are flown in accordance with the criteria shall count as one day towards the 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive day requirement.
 
c.  The medal may be awarded posthumously to any soldier who lost his/her life while, or as a direct result of, participating in qualifying operations, without regard to length of such service, if otherwise eligible.
 
d.  This medal must have at least 1 bronze service star, check period of service in theater as follows:
19 Mar 2003 - 01 May 2003
02 May 2003 - 28 Jun 2004
29 Jun 2004 - 15 Dec 2005
16 Dec 2005 - 09 Jan 2007
10 Jan 2007 - 31 Dec 2008
01 Jan 2009 – 31 Dec 2011

Reference: MilPer Message 08-123, dated 14 May 2012.
 
e.  Service members qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) by reasons of service between 19 March 2003 and 30 April 2005, in Iraq, shall remain qualified for the medal.  Any such soldier may be awarded the ICM in lieu of the GWOTEM for such service.  Additionally, any such soldier authorized the arrowhead device may be awarded the ICM with arrowhead device in lieu of the GWOTEM with arrowhead device.  No soldier shall be entitled to both medals for the same act, achievement or period of service.

Components:  The following are authorized components and related items:
 
a.  Medal (regular size): MIL-DTL-3943/319.  NSN 8455-01-527-8023 for set which includes regular size medal and ribbon bar.
            
b.  Medal (miniature size): MIL-DTL-3943/319.  Available commercially.
 
c.  Ribbon:  MIL-DTL-11589/594.  Available commercially.
 
d.  Lapel Button (ribbon replica): MIL-DTL-11484/313.  Available commercially.
 
Background

a.  Public Law 108-234, dated 28 May 2004 and Executive Order 13363, dated 29 November 2004, established the medal. 
 
b.  In order of precedence, the ICM will be worn before the Global War On Terrorism Medal (GWOTEM) and shall directly follow the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) (i.e., KCM, ACM, ICM, GWOTEM, etc.).
      
c.  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.