Awards and decorations of the United States government

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Awards and decorations of the United States government are civilian awards of the U.S. federal government which are typically issued for sustained meritorious service, in a civilian capacity, while serving in the U.S. federal government. Certain U.S. government awards may also be issued to military personnel of the United States Armed Forces and be worn in conjunction with awards and decorations of the United States military. In order of precedence, those U.S. non-military awards and decorations authorized for wear, are worn after U.S. military personal decorations and unit awards and before U.S. military campaign and service awards.

The following is a selection of civilian awards which are presently issued by the U.S. government.

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Office of the President of the United States[edit]

Senior Executive Service[edit]

United States Congress[edit]

United States Intelligence Community[edit]

The National Intelligence Awards (NIA) Program is administered by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the United States Intelligence Community (IC).[5]

National Intelligence Community Awards[edit]

Significant contribution awards[6]
National Intelligence Public Service Awards[6]
Special eligibility awards[6]
Former award prior to establishment of the NIA Program

Central Intelligence Agency[edit]

CIA Awards[7]

Department of Agriculture[edit]

Foreign Agricultural Service[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg Distinguished Honor Award
  • Noribbon.svg Superior Honor Award
  • Noribbon.svg Meritorious Honor Award

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg Distinguished Honor Award
  • Noribbon.svg Superior Honor Award
  • Noribbon.svg Meritorious Honor Award

Department of Commerce[edit]

National Institute of Standards and Technology[edit]

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration[edit]

  • NOAA Meritorious Service Medal.png NOAA Corps Meritorious Service Medal
  • Administrators Award.JPG NOAA Administrator’s Award
  • NOAA Corps Commendation.JPG NOAA Corps Commendation Medal
  • NOAA Special Achievement Ribbon.JPG NOAA Corps Achievement Medal
  • NOAA Corps Directios Aw.JPG NOAA Corps Director's Ribbon
  • NOAA Citation.JPG NOAA Units Citation Award

Non-government decorations[edit]

Non-governmental organizations[8]
  • NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers (ACO) Awards
NOAA ACO Award.JPG Junior Officer of the Year=NOAA ACO Award Medal (without attachments)
USA - NOAA ACO Award With S.png Science Award=NOAA ACO Award Medal (with bronze "S" device)
ACO2.JPG Engineering Award=NOAA ACO Award Medal (with bronze "E" device)
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Awards
SAME-Colbert Medal Ribbon.png Society of American Military Engineers' Colbert Medal
SAME-Karo Award Ribbon.png Society of American Military Engineers Karo Award

Campaign and service awards[edit]

  • NOAA National Response Deployment Medal ribbon.png NOAA Corps National Response Deployment Medal
  • NOAA Volunteer Service Medal.png NOAA Corps Outstanding Volunteer Service Award Medal
  • NOAA Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.png NOAA Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps Atlantic Sea Svc.JPG NOAA Corps Atlantic Sea Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps Pacific Sea Svc R.JPG NOAA Corps Pacific Sea Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps Mobile Duty.JPG NOAA Corps Mobile Duty Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps International Svc R.JPG NOAA Corps International Service Ribbon
  • NOAA National Response Service Ribbon.png NOAA Corps National Response Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Rifle Ribbon.png NOAA Rifle Ribbon (no longer awarded)
  • NOAA Pistol Ribbon.png NOAA Pistol Ribbon (no longer awarded)

Incentive awards (without medal or ribbon)[edit]

  • NOAA Technology Transfer Award[9]
  • NOAA Distinguished Career Award

Department of Defense[edit]

DOD-level awards for civilian service[edit]

DOD-level awards for private citizens[edit]

Office of the Secretary of Defense[edit]

OSD-level awards for civilian service[edit]

OSD-level awards for civilian service or private citizens[edit]

  • USA - DOD Exceptional Public Service Award.png Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service
  • Noribbon.svg Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement

Joint Chiefs of Staff[edit]

[12]

  • USA - JCSDPS.jpg CJCS Award for Distinguished Public Service (DPS)
  • USA - JCSOPS.jpg CJCS Award for Outstanding Public Service (OPS)
  • JCSDCS.jpg CJCS Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award (JDSCA)
  • USA - JCSMCS.jpg CJCS Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award (JMCSA)
  • USA - JCSCSC.png Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award (JCSCA), its military equivalent is the Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • JCSCSAM.jpg Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award (JCSAA), its military equivalent is the Joint Service Achievement Medal

DOD Office of the Inspector General (OIG)[edit]

Defense Investigative Service[edit]

  • USA Defense Investigative Service Exceptional Civilian Service Award.png Defense Investigative Service Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  • USA Defense Investigative Service Meritorious Civilian Service Award.png Defense Investigative Service Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Department of the Army[edit]

Department of the Army awards for civilian service[edit]

[13]

Department of the Army awards for public service[edit]

Department of the Air Force[edit]

Department of the Navy[edit]

Military Sealift Command[edit]

  • USA Military Sealift Command Civilian Service Commendation ribbon.png Military Sealift Command Civilian Service Commendation Medal
  • USA Military Sealift Command Civilian Service Achievement ribbon.png Military Sealift Command Civilian Service Achievement Medal
  • USA Military Sealift Command Civilian Humanitarian Service Medal.png Military Sealift Command Civilian Humanitarian Service Medal

Defense Commissary Agency[edit]

Defense Contract Audit Agency[edit]

  • Defense Contract Audit Agency Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.png Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency - Meritorious Civilian Service Medal Ribbon.png Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)[edit]

Defense Information Systems Agency[edit]

  • DISA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.png DISA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  • DISA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.png DISA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Defense Intelligence Agency[edit]

  • DIA Award for Meritorious Civilian Service.png DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  • USA - DIA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.png DIA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  • DIA Civilian Achievment Medal.png DIA Civilian Achievement Medal
  • USA - DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.png DIA Award for Excellence Medal
  • Dir DIA Award.JPG DIA Director's Award
  • USA - DIA Leadership Award.png DIA Leadership Award
  • USA - DIA Civilian Combat Support Medal.png DIA Civilian Combat Support Medal
  • USA - DIA Civilian Expiditionary Medal.png DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal

Defense Logistics Agency[edit]

  • Distinguished Career Service Award.gif Distinguished Career Service Award
  • Meritorious Civilian Service Award.gif Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • Superior Civilian Service Award.gif Superior Civilian Service Award

Defense Supply Agency[edit]

  • DSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award.png DSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)[edit]

  • USA - DTRA Distinguished Service Award.png DTRA Distinguished Service Award
  • USA - DTRA Meritorious Service Award.png DTRA Meritorious Service Award
  • USA - DTRA Exceptional Service Award.png DTRA Exceptional Service Award
Formerly the Defense Special Weapons Agency (DSWA) Awards
  • USA - DSWA Director's Lifetime Achievement Award.png DSWA Director's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • USA - DSWA Exceptional Civilian Service Award.png DSWA Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  • USA - DSWA Meritorious Civilian Service.png DSWA Meritorious Civilian Service Award
Image of NGA's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal as awarded to honorees

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency[edit]

Formerly known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awards the following medals to honor its DoD civilian employees for outstanding service:

  • NIMA Distinguished Civilian Service.png NIMA or NGA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  • NIMA Meritorious Civilian Service.png NIMA or NGA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  • NIMA Superior Civilian Service.png NIMA or NGA Superior Civilian Service Medal
  • NIMA or NGA Meritorious Unit Citation

National Reconnaissance Office[edit]

  • NRO Distinguished Service.jpg NRO Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Medal)
  • NRO Superior Service.jpg NRO Superior Service Medal (Silver Medal)
  • NRO Meritorious Service.JPG NRO Meritorious Service Medal (Bronze Medal)
  • NRO Director's Circle Award

National Security Agency[edit]

  • NSA Svc 2.JPG NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal

Department of Education[edit]

Employee awards[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Golden Apple Award
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Executive Leadership Award
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Supervisory Leadership Award
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Innovation Award
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Customer Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Teamwork Award
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Collaboration Award
  • Noribbon.svg ED Peer Recognition Award
  • Noribbon.svg James P. Keenan Award

Public awards[edit]

Insignia that designates a Blue Ribbon School
  • Noribbon.svg Presidential Scholar Medallion – Awarded to the nation's top 141 graduating High School Seniors. 20 of these are Presidential Scholars in the Arts. This award is commissioned under an executive order from the President. Recipients are chosen under the Department of Education, and visit the White House to meet the President.
  • Noribbon.svg National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
  • Noribbon.svg PEAP-E President's Education Excellence Awards Program for Elementary Schools (with Certificate and Gold Seal in Blue Pin) (since 1983)
  • Noribbon.svg PEAP-E President's Education Excellence Awards Program for Middle Schools (with Certificate and Gold Seal in Red Pin) (since 1983)
  • Noribbon.svg PEAP-E President's Education Excellence Awards Program for High Schools (with Certificate and Gold Seal in Black Pin) (since 1983)
  • Noribbon.svg PEAP-A President's Education Achievement Awards Program for Elementary, Middle and High Schools (with Certificate and Silver Seal in White Pin) (since 1983)

Department of Energy[edit]

In June 2007, Secretary Samuel Bodman introduced a new awards program[15] for non-monetary recognition of its employees and contractors.

Secretary's Honor Awards
Honor awards that are presented annually and replaces the previous Secretary's Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
  1. The James R. Schlesinger Award – recipient receives a polished brass and mahogany clock along with a shadow box framed calligraphy certificate signed by the Secretary of Energy and a commemorative medal honoring former Secretary of Energy James R. Schlesinger.
  2. Secretary of Energy's Excellence Award – recipient receives a crystal medallion award and leather-encased certificate
  3. Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award – recipient receives a crystal statue award and leather-encased certificate
Secretary's Appreciation Award
Appreciation awards that are presented at any time
Departure Awards
Departure awards may be presented upon retirement or departure from the agency
  1. Secretary of Energy's Exceptional Service Award
  2. Secretary of Energy's Distinguished Service Award
  3. Secretary of Energy's Meritorious Service Award
  • Department of Energy - Award for Valor ribbon.JPG DOE Award for Valor
  • USA - DOE - Secretary's Award.jpg DOE Secretary's Award
  • Department of Energy - Exceptional Service Medal ribbon.jpg DOE Exceptional Service Medal
  • Department of Energy - Meritorious Service Award ribbon.jpg DOE Meritorious Service Award

Department of Health and Human Services[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary's Recognition Award
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary's Special Citation
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary’s Certificate of Appreciation
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary's Letter of Appreciation
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Distinguished Public Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Medallion Seal Award
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service

National Institutes of Health[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg NIH Director's Award – Scientific/Medical
  • Noribbon.svg NIH Director's Award – Technical/Clerical/Support
  • Noribbon.svg NIH Director's Award – Administrative
  • Noribbon.svg NIH Director's Award – Mentoring

United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps[edit]

  • USPHS Dist Svc Aw.JPG Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal
  • Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal
  • Surgeon General's Medallion ribbon.png Surgeon General's Medallion
  • Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal ribbon.png Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal
  • Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal
  • Public Health Service Commendation Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Commendation Medal
  • Public Health Service Achievement Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Achievement Medal
  • USPHS Citation.JPG Public Health Service Citation Medal
  • Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation ribbon.png Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation (ribbon only)
  • Public Health Service Unit Commendation ribbon.png Public Health Service Unit Commendation (ribbon only)
  • USA - PHS SMALLPOX ERADICATION.jpgPublic Health Service Smallpox Campaign Award
  • USPHS Global Health Campaign Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Global Health Campaign Medal
  • USPHS Haz Duty Svc Aw.JPG Public Health Service Hazardous Duty Service Award
  • Public Health Service Foreign Duty Service Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Foreign Duty Service Award
  • USPHS Spec Assign Service.JPG Public Health Service Special Assignment Service Award
  • USPHS Isolated Hardship.JPG Public Health Service Isolated Hardship Service Award
  • Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award
  • USPHS Global Response Ribbon.JPG Public Health Service Global Response Service Award
  • USPHS Response Ribbon.JPG Public Health Service Response Service Award
  • USPHS Nat Emerg Preparedness.JPG Public Health Service National Emergency Preparedness Award
  • USPHS Recruitment Service Ribbon.png Public Health Service Recruitment Service Ribbon
  • USPHS Global Health Initiatives Service Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Global Health Initiative Service Medal
  • Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award
  • Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon.png Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Commiss Corps Trg R.JPG Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon (ribbon only)

Other Public Health Service Association Ribbons

  • USPHS Assoc Am Mil Surg.JPG Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
  • USPHS Comm Offr Assn R.JPG Commissioned Officers Association
  • USPHS Res Officers Association.JPG Reserve Officers Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg CDC/ATSDR William Watson Medal of Excellence (no ribbon)

President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition[edit]

Department of Homeland Security[edit]

  • DHS Secretary's Gold Medal.png Secretary's Gold Medal
  • DHS Secretary's Silver Medal.png Secretary's Silver Medal
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Valor
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Excellence
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for TEAM DHS Excellence
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Diversity Management
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Volunteer Service

U.S. Customs and Border Protection[edit]

  • NA Ribbon.JPG Border Patrol Newton Azrak Award
  • Us2bpdcsa.gif Commissioners Distinguished Career Service Award (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Bpesa.svg Commissioners Exceptional Service Medal (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Us2bpmsa.gif Commissioners Meritorious Service Award (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Us2bpsca.gif Commissioners Special Commendation Award (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Us2bpccm.gif Border Patrol Chief's Commendation (Awarded from 2002–2004)
  • Us2bpgeaa.gif Border Patrol Excellence in Group Achievement (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Border Patrol Purple Cross Wound Medal ribbon.jpg Border Patrol Purple Cross
  • Us2bpaha.gif Border Patrol Academy Honor Graduate Medal (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Us2bplsm.gif Border Patrol Long Service Medal (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Border Patrol 75th medal ribbon 2a.JPG Border Patrol 75th Anniversary Medal (No Longer Authorized for Wear)

Federal Emergency Management Agency[edit]

  • FEMA Distinguished Service Medal.png FEMA Distinguished Service Medal
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award For Distinguished Public Safety Service (may be awarded by the Attorney General or FEMA Director)

U.S. Coast Guard[edit]

U.S. Secret Service[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg Director's Award of Valor
  • Noribbon.svg Director's Life Saving Award
  • Noribbon.svg Director's Distinguished Service Award

Department of the Interior[edit]

Honor Awards

  • Noribbon.svg Distinguished Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg Meritorious Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg Unit Award for Excellence of Service
  • Noribbon.svg Superior Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg Citizen's Award for Exceptional Service

Heroic Act Honor Awards

  • Noribbon.svg Valor Award
  • Noribbon.svg Citizen's Award for Bravery
  • Noribbon.svg Exemplary Act Award

Other Honor Awards

  • Noribbon.svg Departmental Unsung Hero Award
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Diversity Award
  • Noribbon.svg Environmental Achievement Award
  • Noribbon.svg Award of Merit (Safety)
  • Noribbon.svg Professional Service Award (Safety)
  • Noribbon.svg Outstanding Service Award (for Political Appointees)
  • Noribbon.svg Partners in Conservation Award

Department of Justice[edit]

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives[edit]

  • BATF Distinguished Service r.JPG ATF Distinguished Service Medal
  • ATF Gold Star r.JPG ATF Gold Star Medal
  • ATF Medal of Valor r.JPG ATF Medal of Valor

Drug Enforcement Administration[edit]

Federal Bureau of Investigation[edit]

Main article: FBI Honorary Medals

Federal Bureau of Prisons[edit]

Department of State[edit]

Honor Awards[edit]

Service Awards[edit]

Arms Control and Disarmament Agency[edit]

Department of Transportation[edit]

Federal Aviation Administration[edit]

  • FAA Valor Medal.png FAA Valor Medal

Maritime Administration[edit]

United States Merchant Marine

Department of the Treasury[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg Albert Gallatin Award
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary of the Treasury's Distinguished Service Award

Internal Revenue Service[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg IRS Commissioner's Award

Office of Thrift Supervision[edit]

  • Noribbon.svg OTS Director's Award for Excellence

United States Agency for International Development[edit]

United States Information Agency/Broadcasting Board of Governors[edit]

Environmental Protection Agency[edit]

  • Environmantal Protection Agency Exceptional Service Ribbon - type 1.JPG EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service (individual and group)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Superior Service Ribbon (Silver) 2.JPG EPA Silver Medal for Superior Service (individual and group)
  • USA - EPA Commendable Service Award.png EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service (individual and group)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Distinguished Service Ribbon.JPG EPA Distinguished Career Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg Paul G. Keough Award for Administrative Excellence
  • Noribbon.svg Glenda A. Farmer Award for Exemplary Technical Support
  • Noribbon.svg Trudy A. Speciner Non-Supervisory Award for Advancing Environmental Protection
  • Noribbon.svg President's Environmental Youth Award[4]

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)[edit]

See also: NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s most prestigious honor awards are approved by the NASA administrator and presented to carefully selected individuals or groups of individuals, either government and non-government, who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the agency’s mission.[16]

Early NASA references to award criteria grouped many awards into equal positions in the order of precedence. Beginning in 1965, references to the order of precedence were dropped from regulations regarding specific awards. The current order of precedence for NASA medals is:[17][18]

National Science Foundation (NSF)[edit]

Office of Personnel Management[edit]

  • OPM-MSM.JPG OPM Meritorious Service Medal

Selective Service System[edit]

  • SSS Distinguished Service.png Selective Service System Distinguished Service Medal
  • SSS Exceptional Service.png Selective Service System Exceptional Service Medal
  • SSS Meritorious Service.png Selective Service System Meritorious Service Medal
  • SSS WWII Service.png Selective Service System WW II Service Medal

President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion[edit]

  • Y2K Conversion Medal.JPG Y2K Service Medal

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.paemst.org/ PAEMST
  2. ^ http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/awards_presidential.html Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management
  3. ^ http://www.preserveamerica.gov/presidentialaward.html Preserve America Presidential Awards
  4. ^ a b http://www.epa.gov/peya/ President's Environmental Youth Awards
  5. ^ http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-655.pdf
  6. ^ a b c "Intelligence Community Directive Number 655". 9 February 2012. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  7. ^ CIA web page, Medals of the CIA
  8. ^ http://beta.noaacorps.noaa.gov/cpc/procedures/corps_directives/chapter_12/ncd_ch12part7.pdf
  9. ^ http://www.corporateservices.noaa.gov/~ames/NAOs/Chap_202/naos202_451A.html#APPEND_E
  10. ^ "US Army Civilian Personnel Online". December 2, 2008. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ "US Army Civilian Personnel Online". April 1, 2009. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  12. ^ McChrystal, Stanley A. "CJCSI 1100.01C Joint Staff Military and Civilian Awards Program". Defense Technical Information Center. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  13. ^ MER: Awards Index Department of the Army Honorary Awards for DA Employees
  14. ^ "US Army Civilian Personnel Online". December 2, 2008. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  15. ^ http://humancapital.doe.gov/pers/SecretaryBodmanMemo.pdf DOE Secretary Awards Program
  16. ^ McCann, Mike (November 2008). "Agency Honor Awards". Archived from the original on July 16, 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  17. ^ Bender, James and Strandberg, John E. The Call Of Duty (expanded edition) January 1, 2005, p. 487.
  18. ^ "Agency Honor Awards". NASA Awards. NASA. Retrieved 12 September 2013.