4/22/2011 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Department of Defense officials have approved the Humanitarian Service Medal for service members who participated in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Pakistan following the flooding in Swat Valley on July 31, 2010.
Military members must have provided at least one day of humanitarian assistance between July 31 and Dec. 15, 2010, in the immediate area of operation. Aircrews landing in the areas of operation during this period are also eligible.
Members must provide source documents confirming HSM entitlement to their unit commander or designated representative. Source documents include temporary duty orders, travel vouchers, decoration citations, performance reports, etc. Documents must show the operation being supported, along with the location and duration of service in the qualifying area.
For more information, visit the Air Force personnel services website or call the Total Force Service Center at 800-525-0102.
(Courtesy of Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs)
4/25/2011 11:42:51 AM ET Appropriate award for a disaster relief mission. Curious why Haiti earned an Armed Forces Service Medal vice a Humanitarian Service Medal. Both missions were disaster relief.
Ret Maj, SA TX
4/24/2011 12:24:11 PM ET This isn't a new medal being issued. It's simply authorizing its award for the operations in Pakistan.
4/22/2011 6:53:10 PM ET The DOD seems to authorize a medal for most everything these days. Why won't they authorize the Cold War Service Medal? Congress has done their part but not the DOD.