Afghanistan Campaign Medal
|Afghanistan Campaign Medal|
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
|Awarded by United States Department of Defense|
|Established||EO 13363, November 29, 2004|
|Next (higher)||Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal|
|Next (lower)||Iraq Campaign Medal|
Ribbon & Streamer
The Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) is a military award of the United States military which was created by Executive Order 13363 of President George W. Bush on November 29, 2004. The Afghanistan Campaign Medal was designed by the U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry.
The Afghanistan Campaign Medal became available for general distribution in June 2005. It is awarded to any member of the U.S. military who has performed duty within the borders of Afghanistan (or its airspace) for a period of thirty consecutive days or sixty non-consecutive days. The medal is retroactive to October 24, 2001 and is active until a date to be determined. Personnel who have been engaged in combat with an enemy force, or personnel who have been wounded in combat within Afghanistan, may receive the Afghanistan Campaign Medal regardless of the number of days spent within the country. The medal is also awarded posthumously to any service member who dies in the line of duty within Afghanistan, including from non-combat injuries such as accidents and mishaps.
Campaign phases and devices
|Phase 1: Liberation of Afghanistan||September 11, 2001||November 30, 2001|
|Phase 2: Consolidation I||December 1, 2001||September 30, 2006|
|Phase 3: Consolidation II||October 1, 2006||November 30, 2009|
|Phase 4: Consolidation III||December 1, 2009||June 30, 2011|
|Phase 5: Transition I||July 1, 2011||December 31, 2014|
|Phase 6: Transition II||January 1, 2015||Present|
For each campaign phase that an individual participates in, a bronze 3/16" service star is worn on the service ribbon, with a silver service star being worn in lieu of five bronze service stars:
|Any one of the six phases|
|Two of the six phases|
|Three of the six phases|
|Four of the six phases|
|Five of the six phases|
|All six phases|
The medal is bronze in appearance, 1.25 inches in diameter. It depicts above a range of mountains a map of Afghanistan. Around the top is the inscription "AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN." On the reverse, a radiating demi-sun superimposed by an eagle’s head couped. Inscribed across the bottom half of the reserve side are the three lines "FOR SERVICE IN AFGHANISTAN", enclosed by a laurel wreath.
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
The award replaces the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) for service in Afghanistan and personnel who previously received the GWOTEM for Afghanistan service may elect to exchange the medal for the new Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Both medals may not be received for the same period of service in Afghanistan and any current Afghanistan service will only be recognized with the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
- Arrowhead device
- Awards and decorations of the United States military
- United Kingdom Afghanistan medal
- "Executive Order: Establishing the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals". 29 November 2004. Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "Error". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
- "Factsheets : Afghanistan Campaign Medal". Retrieved 29 May 2015.
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- "New Campaign Medals Recognize Iraq, Afghanistan Service" United States Department of Defense 07 April 2005
- "Afghanistan Campaign Medal or Iraq Campaign Medal". Awards and Decorations Branch Article. Army Human Resource Command. Retrieved 3 December 2012.
- "News Release: Additional Phases Identified for Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals". Defense.gov. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
- New Campaign phase approved
- DoD News, Defense Media Activity. "Operation Freedom’s Sentinel Qualifies for Campaign Medal". Department of Defense. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
Tilghman, Andrew (19 February 2015). "Despite war's end, Pentagon extends Afghanistan campaign medal". MilitaryTimes (Gannett). Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- "Department of Defense Manual 1348.33, Volume 3" (PDF). Defense Technical Information Center. 23 November 2010. p. 51. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
- Army Regulation 600-8-22
- Air Force Instruction 36-2803
- Coast Guard Commandant Instruction 1650.25D
- 578.29 Afghanistan Campaign Medal