Awards and decorations of the United States Department of the Air Force are military decorations which are issued by the Department of the Air Force to airmen of the United States Air Force and guardians of the United States Space Force and members of other military branches serving under Air Force and Space Force commands.

The Department of the Air Force first began issuing awards and decorations in 1947. At that time, airmen were eligible to receive most U.S. Army decorations. In 1962, following the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Department of the Air Force began a concentrated effort to create its own distinctive awards, separate from the Army.

Airmen and guardians are also eligible to receive approved foreign awards and approved international decorations.[1]

Department of the Air Force awards

Air Force and Space Force decorations

Air Force Cross Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Airman's Medal Aerial Achievement Medal Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal
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Air Force and Space Force service medals

Air Force Combat Action Medal Combat Readiness Medal Air and Space Campaign Medal Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal
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Air and Space Campaign Medal ribbon.svg
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal ribbon.svg
Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal ribbon.svg

Air Force and Space Force Good Conduct Medals

Air Force Good Conduct Medal Space Force Good Conduct Medal Air Reserve Forces
Meritorious Service Medal
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Air Force and Space Force unit awards

Presidential Unit Citation Gallant Unit Citation Air Force Meritorious Unit Award Outstanding Unit Award Organizational Excellence Award
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Air Force and Space Force service ribbons

Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon Outstanding Guardian of the Year Ribbon Air Force Recognition Ribbon Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon Air Force Overseas Long Tour Service Ribbon
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AF OS Short Tour Ribbon.svg
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Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon Air Force Longevity Service Award Air Force Special Duty Ribbon
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USAF NCO PME Graduate Ribbon USAF Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon Air Force Training Ribbon
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Air Force and Space Force award badges

U.S. Air Force Marksmanship Competition Awards/Badges President's Hundred Award/Tab U.S. Air Force Outstanding Airman Award/Badge
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Department of the Air Force civilian awards

Public service awards

Special awards and trophies

In 2018, as part of the Air Force's initiative to reduced directive publications, the eight-page AFI 36-2805 was released, superseding 30 previous AFIs. Guidance for special awards was moved to a website at https://access.afpc.af.mil/.[2]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Airmen to see combat medal in April". Archived from the original on February 17, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-14.
  2. ^ AFPC launches database for special trophies, awards information, May 22, 2018
  3. ^ Weckerlein, Staff Sgt. Julie (16 November 2006). "General, spouse receive O'Malley award". Air Force News Service. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Awards". Air Force Association. Retrieved 2019-01-22.
  5. ^ Buzanowski, Staff Sgt. J.G. (6 June 2007). "F-16 pilot receives Koren Kolligian Jr. Trophy". af.mil/News.aspx. Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs. Retrieved 24 June 2014.