Distinguished Intelligence Medal

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Distinguished Intelligence Medal
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Awarded for"For performance of outstanding services or for achievement of a distinctly exceptional nature in a duty or responsibility, the results of which constitute a major contribution to the mission of the Agency."
CountryUnited States of America
Presented byCentral Intelligence Agency
EligibilityEmployees of the Central Intelligence Agency
Next (higher)Distinguished Intelligence Cross
Next (lower)Intelligence Star
RelatedNational Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal

The Distinguished Intelligence Medal is awarded by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency for performance of outstanding services or for achievement of a distinctly exceptional nature in a duty or responsibility.[1]


This list includes only those publicly acknowledged to have received this award. Due to the nature of the clandestine services, an unknown number of additional individuals may have been awarded this medal in secret for actions on classified missions.

CIA medals are sometimes referred to as "jock strap medals" since they are often awarded secretly (due to the classification level of the respective operation) and cannot be displayed or, on occasion, acknowledged publicly.

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  1. ^ "The Work of a Nation". Central Intelligence Agency. Archived from the original on 13 October 2012. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  2. ^ "CIA's Hayden Lauds Marine General's Contributions". Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  3. ^ "David Forden, C.I.A. Handler in Cold War Intrigue, Dies at 88". The New York Times. September 11, 1930. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Historical Handbook of NGA Leaders" (PDF). Federation of American Scientists. Office of Corporate Communications. April 2018. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  5. ^ "A Look Back … A Cold War Hero: Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski".
  6. ^ "Arthur C. Lundahl, 17, Dies; Photo Interpreter for CIA" (PDF). Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  7. ^ Barnes, Bart (October 19, 2002). "Eloise Page Dies at 82". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  8. ^ James L. Pavitt Bio, [1], Scowcroft Group
  9. ^ "Former DDCI Admiral Studeman Feted at Retirement Ceremony — Central Intelligence Agency". Cia.gov. Retrieved 2012-10-15.
  10. ^ "CIA Official John Waller; Was Historian and Author". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. November 7, 2004. p. C08. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  11. ^ "The Collection of Medals formed by the late Alan Wolfe - Foreword". Dix Noonan Webb. 7 December 2005. Retrieved 24 November 2017.

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