Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism
|Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism|
Obverse of the medal
|Awarded by the Department of Defense|
|Type||Civilian service medal|
|Eligibility||Department of Defense civilians|
|Awarded for||30 day continuous or 60 day non-continuous service deployed in support of Global War on Terrorism missions|
|Established||August 9, 2007|
Ribbon of the medal
The Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism or Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal is a medal awarded by the United States Department of Defense. It was authorized on August 9, 2007, but may be awarded for expeditionary service in a GWOT mission in a combat zone on or after September 11, 2001, until a date to be determined.
It was created and approved to recognize and honor the contributions and accomplishments of the civilian workforce of the Department of Defense in direct support of the armed forces, whose members are engaged in operations to combat terrorism. Heads of the Department of Defense Components have been delegated the authority to approve and administer the medal for their respective employees.
The drape/ribbon is similar to that of the military medal, but the medal obverse features a sculpture of the female personification of Freedom in Grecian garb, and the reverse features a compass surrounded by the words "Civilian Support - Global War on Terrorism."  
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