Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service
|Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service|
Obverse and reverse of the medal
|Awarded by Secretary of Defense|
|Type||Civilian public service award|
|Eligibility||Non-career Federal employees, private citizens, and foreign nationals.|
|Awarded for||Exceptionally distinguished service of significance to a DoD Component or function, or Department of Defense as a whole.|
|Next (lower)||Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service|
Ribbon bar of the medal
The Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service is the highest award that is presented by the Secretary of Defense, to a private citizen, politician, non-career Federal employee, or foreign national. It is presented for exceptionally distinguished service of significance to the Department of Defense as a whole, or a DoD Component or function, where recognition at the component level would not be sufficient for the service rendered.
To be eligible for consideration the individual must have rendered exceptionally distinguished service of significance to the Department of Defense as a whole. Recognition may also be given for distinguished service of such exceptional significance to a Department of Defense Component or Function that recognition at the Component level would be insufficient. The service or assistance may have been rendered at considerable personal sacrifice and inconvenience and should be motivated by patriotism, good citizenship, and a sense of public responsibility.
Normally, it is required that nominees have a direct working relationship with the most senior officials in the Federal government, e.g., Secretary of Defense, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of State.
An individual may receive this award more than once with subsequent awards consisting of a bronze, silver, or gold palm, respectively.
The obverse of the medal depicts an eagle facing to the right clutching three arrows, below the eagle is a half laurel wreath. Above the eagle are thirteen stars with rays between the stars. This imagery is identical to the seal of the Department of Defense. The reverse contains the inscription "TO...FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE". The edge of the medallion is surrounded by a laurel wreath on both the obverse and reverse. The medal is suspended from ribbon containing one central strip in maroon, with a white stripe on each side separating it from two blue stripes, with a thin white stripe at each edge.
Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen presents the medal to President Bill Clinton.
Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates awards the medal to President George W. Bush.
- "Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service" (pdf). Office of the Secretary of Defense. Retrieved 2011-07-13.
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- "Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates awards the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service to President George W. Bush.". Navy News Service. 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2011-08-16.