Air Force Recognition Ribbon

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Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Air Force Recognition Ribbon.svg
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Awarded by the Department of the Air Force[1]
Eligibilityreceive "non-portable" awards for accomplishment and excellence while serving on active duty
First awarded1980
Next (higher)Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon[2]
Next (lower)American Defense Service Medal[2]

The Air Force Recognition Ribbon is a military award of the United States Air Force which was first created in October 1980. The ribbon is intended to recognize those who have received "non-portable" awards for accomplishment and excellence while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force.

To receive the Air Force Recognition Ribbon, a service member must receive a designated trophy, plaque, or other award (such as the Sijan Leadership Award) through an achievement as specified by Air Force regulations. The ribbon is thus intended to recognize awards which cannot otherwise be displayed on a military uniform; as such, this award is typically presented in combination with an Air Force level annual award.

Additional awards of the Air Force Recognition Ribbon are denoted by oak leaf clusters.


  1. ^ "Production publication" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018-01-27. Retrieved 2018-01-15.
  2. ^ a b "Awards and Decorations". Air Force Personnel Center Library. Air Force Personnel Center. Archived from the original on 23 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013.

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