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Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the creation of the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal March 30, 2016. (Defense Department illustration)
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Graphic of the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal. (courtesy graphic)
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Graphic of the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal. (courtesy graphic)
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Euro-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.  Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Defense Media Activity-San Antonio.  This medal is awarded for service in the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater between 7 Dec 41 and 8 Nov 45, under the same conditions described under those for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal. The same also applies in awarding the Bronze Service Star and Arrowhead device.
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Air Force Commendation Medal. Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Defense Media Activity-San Antonio. This image is 4x8 inches @ 200 ppi. The Air Force Commendation Medal established March 28, 1958,  and may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States below the grade of brigadier general who, while serving in any capacity with the Air Force, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service not of a sufficient nature to justify a higher award.
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The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal.  illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency.  This image is 4x6 inches @ 200 ppi.  The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal was created on July 6, 1960 by an act of the United States Congress. It was intended as a new decoration of the United States Air Force to replace the policy of awarding the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Air Force personnel.  The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to any member of the United States Air Force who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious service to the United States Government in a duty of great responsibility. The medal is typically awarded to senior Air Force generals.
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The Air Force Cross.  Illustration by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency.  Image is 4x6 inches @ 200 ppi.  The Air Force Cross is awarded for extraordinary heroism, which does not justify award of the Medal of Honor.  The Air Force Cross was established by Congress on July 6, 1960 as a replacement for the Distinguished Service Cross when the award was made by Air Force Authority.  The First Air Force Cross was awarded posthumously in 1962
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The Defense Distinguished Service Medal. Illustration by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency.  This image is 4x6 inches @200 ppi.  The Defense Distinguished Service Medal has been in effect since July 9, 1970.  It is normally awarded to the most senior officers whose performance of duties over a sustained period of time are exceptional in nature and directly impact national security or defense at the highest levels.  It is the highest peacetime Defense award and is only awarded by the Secretary of Defense.
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Airman's Medal.  Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x8 inches @ 200 ppi.  The Soldier's Medal was approved by Congress on July 2, 1926, and was amended by Congress on July 6, 1960, amending Title 10 of the United States Code to provide the Air Force with authority to present a distinctive version of the Soldiers Medal to be known as the "Airman's Medal."
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Bronze Star.  Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x8 inches @ 200 ppi.  Bronze Star Medal was authorized by Executive Order 9419 dated Feb. 4, 1944, retroactive to Dec. 7, 1941. and later amended on Aug. 24, 1962, to expand the authorization to include those serving with friendly forces.  It is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States after Dec. 6, 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
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Aerial Achievement Medal.  Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x8 inches @ 200 ppi.  The  Aerial Achievement Medal was established on Feb. 3, 1988, and is awarded by the Department of the Air Force to U.S. military and civilian personnel for sustained meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. The achievements must be accomplished with distinction above and beyond that normally expected of professional airmen.
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Meritorious Service Medal. Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x8 inches @ 200 ppi.  The Meritorious Service Medal was established on Jan. 16, 1969 and is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who distinguished themselves by outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement or service to the United States subsequent to Jan. 16, 1969.  The Meritorious Service Medal was amended on July 2, 1981, to authorize award to members of the armed forces of friendly foreign nations.
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Defense Meritorious Service Medal.  Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x8 inches @ 200 ppi.  The Defense Meritorious Service Medal was established  on Nov. 3, 1977, and is awarded to those members of the United States Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service or achievement while assigned to a joint activity and is usually awarded to those serving in leadership positions and performing exceptionally outstanding work.
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Joint Service Commendation Medal.  Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x8 inches @ 200 ppi.  The Joint Service Commendation Medal was established on June 25, 1963 and is awarded only to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, after January 1, 1963, distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement or service while assigned to a Joint Service organization.
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Air Medal.  Illustrated by Virginia Reyes of the Air Force News Agency. This image is 4x8 inches @ 200 ppi.  The Air Medal was authorized on May 11, 1942, and established the award for "any person who, while serving in any capacity in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard of the United States subsequent to Sept. 8, 1939, distinguishes, or has distinguished, himself by meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight."  The Air Medal was amended on Sept. 11, 1942 to read "in any capacity in or with the Army".
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National Defense Service Medal.  Illustrated by Johnathan Vargas-Vasquezof the Defense Media Activity-San Antonio.  Commissioned in 1953, this medal is awarded to all military members who honorably serve duing times of national emergency.
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