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    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

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    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal

    Service: All Services

    Instituted: 1961 Qualifying Dates: 1958 to present Criteria: Participation in military operations not covered by specific war

    Dates: July 1, 1968 to Present

    Criteria: Participation in mil­itary operations not cov­ered by specific war medal.

    Devices: All Services: Bronze, Silver Star; Army: Bronze Arrowhead; Navy: Bronze Marine Corps device

    Notes: Authorized for ser­vice in Vietnam until estab­lishment of Vietnam Service Medal. The bronze arrowhead was approved for Grenada parachute jump (Army personnel only).

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal - History

    President John F. Kennedy characterized the post World War II period as: “a twilight that is neither peace nor war.” During the period commonly referred to as the Cold War, the Armed Services agreed to one medal that to recognize major actions not otherwise covered by a specific campaign medal.

    The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal was authorized on December 4, 1961 to any member of the United States Armed Forces for U.S. military operations, U.S. operations in direct support of the United Nations and U.S. operations of assistance to friendly foreign nations after July 1, 1958. Operations that qualify for this medal are authorized in specific orders. Participating personnel must have served at least 30 consecutive (60 nonconsecutive) days in the qualifying operation or less if the operation was less than 30 days in length. The medal may also be authorized for individuals who do not meet the basic criteria but who do merit special recognition for their service in the designated operation.

    The first qualifying operation was Operation Blue Bat, a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon from July 1 to November 1, 1958. This medal was initially awarded for Vietnam service between July 1, 1958 and July 3, 1965; an individual awarded the medal for this period of Vietnam service may elect to keep the award or request the Vietnam Service Medal in its place. However, both awards may not be retained for the same period of Vietnam service. Many personnel received this medal for continuing service in Cambodia after the Vietnam cease-fire. The medal was also authorized for those serving in the Persian Gulf area who previously would have qualified for the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal whose qualification periods for that area terminated on November 30, 1995. Individuals who qualify for both the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal must elect to receive the Expeditionary medal.

    The front of the medal depicts an American eagle with wings raised, perched on a sword. Behind this is a compass rose with rays coming from the angles of the compass points. The words “ARMED FORCES EXPEDITIONARY SERVICE” encircle the design. The reverse of the medal depicts the Presidential shield with branches of laurel below and the inscription, “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.” The American national colors are located at the center position or honor point of the ribbon. The light blue sections on either side suggest water and overseas service, while various colors representing areas of the world where American troops may be called upon to serve run outward to the edge.

    The qualifying campaigns :
    • Lebanon, Jul. 1, 1958 - Nov. 1, 1958
    • Taiwan Straits, Aug. 23, 1958 - Jan. 1, 1959
    • Quemoy & Matsu Islands, Aug. 23, 1958 - Jun. 1, 1963
    • Vietnam, Jul. 1, 1958 - Jul. 3, 1965
    • Congo, Jul. 14, 1960 - Sep. 1, 1962
    • Laos, Apr. 19, 1961 - Oct. 7, 1962
    • Berlin, Aug. 14, 1961 - Jun. 1, 1963
    • Cuba, Oct. 24, 1962 - Jun. 1, 1963
    • Congo, Nov. 23-27, 1964
    • Dominican Republic, Apr. 23. 1965 - Sep. 21, 1966
    • Korea, Oct. 1, 1966 - Jun. 30, 1974
    • Cambodia, Mar. 29, 1973 - Aug. 15, 1973
    • Thailand, Mar. 29, 1973 - Aug. 15, 1973 (Only those in direct support of Cambodia)
    • Operation Eagle Pull - Cambodia, Apr. 11-13, 1975 (Includes evacuation)
    • Operation Frequent Wind - Vietnam, Apr. 29-30, 1975
    • Mayaquez Operation, May 15, 1975
    • El Salvador, Jan. 1 , 1981 - Feb. 1, 1992
    • Lebanon, Jun. 1, 1983 - Dec. 1, 1987
    • Operation Urgent Fury-Grenada, Oct. 23, 1983 - Nov. 21, 1983
    • Eldorado Canyon - Libya, Apr. 12-17, 1986
    • Operation Earnest Will - Persian Gulf, Jul. 24, 1987 - Aug. 1, 1990 (Only those participating in, or in direct support)
    • Operation Just Cause - Panama, Dec. 20, 1989 - Jan. 31, 1990 (USS Vreeland & other SVS-designated aircrew mbrs. outside the Conus in direct support)
    • United Shield - Somalia, Dec. 5, 1992 - Mar. 31, 1995
    • Operation Restore Hope - Somalia, Dec. 5, 1992 - Mar. 31, 1995
    • Operation Uphold Democracy - Haiti, Sept. 1994 - Mar. 31, 1995
    • Operation Joint Endeavor - Bosnia,
    • Croatia, the Adriatic Sea & Airspace, Nov. 20, 1995 - Dec. 19, 1996
    • Operation Vigilant Sentinel - Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, & Persian Gulf Dec. 1, 1995 - Sep. 1,1997
    • Operation Southern Watch - Iraq, SaudiArabia, Kuwait, Persian Gulf, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Gulf of Oman W of 62° E Long., Yemen, Egypt, & Jordan
    • Operation Maritime Intercept - Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman W of 62° E Long., Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman, Yemen, Egypt & Jordan Dec. 1, 1995 - Open
    • Operation Joint Guard - Bosnia, Herzegovina, Croatia, Adriatic Sea & Airspace, Dec. 20, 1996 - Jun. 20, 2008
    • Operation Northern Watch - Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Persian Gulf of W of 56° E Long., and Incirlik AB, Turkey (Only pers. TDY to ONW), Jan. 1, 1997 - 18 March 2003
    • Operation Joint Forge - Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Adriatic Sea & Airspace, Jun. 21, 1998 - Open
    • Operation Desert Thunder - Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Omar, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea support, Nov. 11, 1998 - Dec. 22, 1998
    • Operation Desert Fox - Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE, Oman,
    • Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman, USN Red Sea support, 16 Dec. -22 Dec. 1998
    • Operation Desert Spring, Southwest Asia, 31 Dec.1998-18 Mar. 2003
    • Operation Secure Tomorrow, 29 Feb. 2004- 15 Jun. 2004

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