Superior Honor Award

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Superior Honor Award
DoS Superior Honor Award Medal Set.jpg
Awarded by United States Department of State
Type Medal
Eligibility Foreign Service, Civil Service, US Military
Awarded for " A special act or service or sustained extraordinary performance covering a period of one year or longer"
Status Currently awarded
Next (higher) Distinguished Honor Award
Next (lower) Meritorious Honor Award
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The Superior Honor Award is an award of the United States Department of State. Similar versions of the same award exist for the former U.S. Information Agency, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and USAID. It is presented to groups or individuals in recognition of a special act or service or sustained extraordinary performance covering a period of one year or longer.

The award consists of a certificate signed by an assistant secretary, an official of equivalent rank or the Chief of Mission. While the Foreign Affairs Manual still stipulates award of a medal set, per a 2007 ALDAC (a cable intended for distribution to all diplomatic and consular posts), medals are no longer issued.


The following criteria are applicable to granting a Superior Honor Award:[1]

  • Contributions, which had a substantial impact on the accomplishment of the agency’s missions, goals, or objectives;
  • Accomplishments, which substantially contributed to the advancement of U.S. Government interests;
  • Exceptional performance in one or more areas of the employee’s official duties as defined in the Work Requirements Statement (Foreign Service) or Performance Plan (Civil Service);
  • Innovation and creativity in accomplishing long-term tasks or projects;
  • Contributions that resulted in increased productivity and efficiency, and economy of operations at agency level; and/or
  • Exceptional devotion to duty under adverse conditions.

Nominating and Approval Procedures[edit]

Nominations for State and USAID employees are submitted on Form JF-66, Nomination for Award, through supervisory channels to the Joint Country Awards Committee for review and recommendation to the Chief of Mission for final action.

Nominations initiated in Washington are submitted to the appropriate area awards committee for final action. For USAID, nominations initiated in Washington are reviewed by the USAID bureau/office with final approval by the appropriate assistant administrator or office head.

Military Use[edit]

Upon authorization, members of the U.S. military may wear the medal and ribbon in the appropriate order of precedence as a U.S. non-military personal decoration.

Notable Recipients[edit]


  1. ^ "3 FAM 4827 Superior Honor Award". US Department of State. 31 January 2003. Retrieved 13 December 2015. 

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