Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal
|Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal|
|Awarded by United States Coast Guard|
|Awarded for||twenty one days of consecutive duty afloat or ashore north of the Arctic Circle|
|Next (higher)||Antarctica Service Medal|
|Next (lower)||Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal|
The Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal was established in 1976 by Admiral Owen W. Siler, USCG and is awarded to any member of the United States Coast Guard who performs twenty one days of consecutive duty afloat or ashore north of the Arctic Circle. The medal depicts a polar bear under the North Star, while the reverse side carries the Coast Guard Shield.
 Alternative Duties
The decoration is also authorized for personnel who serve on the remote stations of: Loran Station, Cape Atholl, Greenland Loran Station, Cape Christian, Baffin Island, Canada Loran Station, Port Clarence, Alaska Radio Station, Barrow, Alaska Loran Station, Bo, Norway Loran Station, Jan Mayen Island, Norway
For flight personnel, the decoration is authorized for twenty one flight days above the Arctic Circle.
The Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal may also be awarded, on a case by case basis, to non-Coast Guard personnel who perform significant duties in support of Coast Guard missions within the Arctic region.
The decoration is retroactive to 1946. The medal is also provided as a one time issuance only, and there are no devices authorized for additional periods of Arctic service beyond the minimum twenty one days.
 See also
- "Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal". blog.medalsofamerica.com. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- U.S. Coast Guard Medals and Awards Manual, dated May 2008, last accessed 18 March 2013
- "Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal". www.usamm.com. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
- "Navy Arctic Service Ribbon". www.mymilitarymedals.com. Retrieved 5 December 2012.