USIA Distinguished Honor Award

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USIA Distinguished Honor Award
United States Information Agency Distinguished Honor Award.png
USIA Distinguished Honor Award medal
Awarded by United States Information Agency
Type Medal
Eligibility Foreign Service, Civil Service, US Military
Awarded for "Exceptionally outstanding service or achievements of marked national or international significance"
Status Obsolete
Next (higher) Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service
Next (lower) USIA Superior Honor Award
ACDA DHA ribbon.jpg

The Distinguished Honor Award is an award of the United States Information Agency, an independent agency charged with public diplomacy which has since been merged into the Department of State. Similar versions of the same award exist for the United States Agency for International Development, the Department of State, and the former Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. This award has been replaced with the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award. This award was presented to groups or individuals in recognition of exceptionally outstanding service or achievements of marked national or international significance.[1]

The award consists of a certificate signed by an assistant secretary, an official of equivalent rank or the USIA Director.


The following criteria are applicable to granting a Distinguished Honor Award:

  • Exceptionally outstanding service to the agencies or the U.S. Government resulting in achievements of marked national or international significance;
  • Exceptionally outstanding service and/or leadership in the administration of one or more agency programs that results in the highly successful accomplishment of mission, or in a major attainment of objectives or specific accomplishment to meet unique or emergency situations; and
  • Outstanding accomplishments over a prolonged period that involve the exercise of authority or judgment in the public interest.

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.


  1. ^ "3 FAM 4826 Distinguished Honor Award". US Department of State. 31 January 2003. Retrieved 12 Jan 2016. 

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