|Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal|
|Type||Distinguished service medal|
|Awarded for||Exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility|
|Presented by||United States Department of Homeland Security|
|Eligibility||United States Armed Forces servicemembers|
|Established||28 February 2003 (retroactive to 1 March 2002)|
|Next (higher)||Army: Distinguished Service Cross|
Navy and Marine Corps: Navy Cross
Air Force and Space Force: Air Force Cross
Coast Guard: Coast Guard Cross
|Equivalent||Department of Defense: Defense Distinguished Service Medal|
|Next (lower)||Army: Army Distinguished Service Medal |
Navy and Marine Corps: Navy Distinguished Service Medal
Air Force and Space Force: Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Coast Guard: Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal
The Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal is a military decoration of the Department of Homeland Security, which is presented to United States Armed Forces servicemembers for exceptionally meritorious service. The current version of the medal was established in February 2003, retroactive to March 1, 2002.
It is equivalent to the United States Department of Defense's Defense Distinguished Service Medal.
The decoration was originally established as the Transportation Distinguished Service Medal by Executive Order 12824, signed by President George H. W. Bush on December 7, 1992. On February 28, 2003, President George W. Bush signed Executive Order 13286, which, among other things, replaced the Transportation version of the award with the Homeland Security version retroactively to March 1, 2002. On April 5, 2011, President Barack Obama amended Executive Order 12824, as amended, modifying the award eligibility from "a member of the Coast Guard" to "any member of the Armed Forces of the United States".
As a distinguished service medal, this decoration is one of the highest awards that can be bestowed upon a member of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The award would be worn after the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross and Coast Guard Cross and, for members of the Coast Guard, before the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and any of the service-specific Distinguished Service Medals from the other armed services. For members of the all other military services, the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal is worn before the service-specific DSMs but after the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. The medal may be awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States.