Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon

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Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon
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Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon
Awarded by the United States Air Force
Type Ribbon
Eligibility Airmen nominated by their Major Command, Field Operating Agency, or Direct Reporting Unit for competition in the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Program[1]
Status Currently awarded
Statistics
Established 21 February 1968[1]
Precedence
Next (higher) Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
Next (lower) Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Bronze star
Bronze oak leaf cluster

Ribbon with service star denoting selection as one of 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, and oak leaf cluster denoting two nominations to the Air Force wide competition.

The Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon is a military award of the United States Air Force which was created on February 21, 1968 by order of Secretary of the Air Force Harold Brown. The first presentation of the award was in June 1970. The Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon is the highest personal ribbon award of the United States Air Force.[1]

Criteria[edit]

The Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon is awarded to any enlisted member of the U.S. Air Force who is nominated by their Major Command, Field Operating Agency, or Direct Reporting Unit for competition in the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Program.[2] The Outstanding Airman of the Year program recognizes 12 enlisted members from a cross section of Air Force Career fields. Nominated personnel compete in one of three categories Airman, Non-commissioned Officer, and Senior Non-commissioned Officer. Nominations are based only on the member's performance and achievement for the prior calendar year. Though only the prior year is used for nominations, nominees must pass a certain level of scrutiny for their total life and career since nominees are expected to be the most outstanding representatives of the Air Force enlisted force.[3]

Appearance[edit]

Outstanding Airman Badge

The Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon is light blue with a center stripe of white, flanked on either side by thin stripes of dark blue and red.[1]

Airmen selected as one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year are authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman badge for one year, and are awarded the ribbon with a bronze service star. All other nominated competitors are authorized to wear the ribbon without the service star. Subsequent awards of the ribbon are represented by oak leaf clusters, with the service star being worn to the wearers right.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Air Force Personnel Center. "Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon". Air Force Personnel Center > Library > Factsheets. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Headquarters, Air Force Personnel Center (18 December 2013). AFI36-2803 The Air Force Awards and Decorations Program. US Air Force e-Publishing. p. 147. 
  3. ^ Headquarters, Air Force Personnel Center (14 March 2013). AFI36-2805 Special Trophies and Awards. US Air Force e-Publishing. pp. 17–20. 

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