Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service

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Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service
Awarded by United States Department of Defense Seal.svg Secretary of Defense
Country United States
TypeCivilian public service award
EligibilityNon-career Federal employees, private citizens, and foreign nationals.
Awarded for“Demonstration of outstanding service of significance to the Department of Defense involving personal sacrifice and inconvenience in the performance or assistance of such service; and motivation by patriotism, good citizenship, and a sense of public responsibility”
StatusCurrently awarded
Next (higher)Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service
Next (lower)Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service
US DoD Outstanding Public Service Award BAR.svg
Ribbon bar of the medal

The Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service is the second highest award presented by the Secretary of Defense to non-career Federal employees, private citizens, and foreign nationals for contributions, assistance, or support to Department of Defense functions that are extensive enough to warrant recognition, but are lesser in scope and impact than is required for the DoD Medal for Distinguished Public Service. The Secretary of Defense is the approval authority. This award consists of a silver medal, a miniature medal, a rosette, and a citation signed by the Secretary of Defense. An individual may receive this award more than once. Subsequent awards consist of the foregoing recognition devices and a bronze, silver, or gold palm, as appropriate.[1]

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  1. ^ "AI 29, July 1, 1999 Incorporating Through Change 4, August 13, 2002".
  2. ^ White House Office of the Press Secretary (2013-09-24). "President Obama Nominates David Jeremiah Barron to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals" (Press release). Washington, D.C. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  3. ^ Passarella, Gina (2009-07-13). "DOJ Lawyer Who Argued Legality of Waterboarding Scores BigLaw Partnership". The Legal Intelligencer. Archived from the original on 2017-10-14. Retrieved 2015-12-28. (Registration required (help)).

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