Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait)
Service: All Services
Criteria: Participation in, or support of, Operations Desert Shield and/or Desert Storm (1990-93)
Notes: Above date denotes when award was authorized for wear by U.S. military personnel.
Established in July, 1994 by the Government of Kuwait for members of the United States military who participated in Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. On March 16, 1995, the Secretary of Defense authorized the acceptance and wearing of the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) by members of the Armed Forces of the United States. To be eligible, U.S. military personnel must have served in support of Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM between August 2, 1990 and August 31, 1993, in The Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, portions of the Arabian Sea , The Gulf of Aden or the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The recipient must have been attached to or regularly serving for one or more days with an organization participating in ground and/or shore operations, aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military operations, actually participating as a crew member in one or more aerial flights directly supporting military operations in the areas designated above or serving on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days during this period. That time limitation may be waived for people participating in actual combat operations. The Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) follows the Kuwait Liberation Medal from the government of Saudi Arabia in the order of precedence. The medal is a bronze disk which depicts the Kuwaiti Coat of Arms with the Arabic inscription, “1991 - Liberation Medal.” The reverse contains a map of Kuwait with a series of rays emanating from the center out to the edge of the medal - all in bas-relief. The ribbon bar may be one of the most unusual ever displayed on the American military uniform. It consists of three equal stripes of red, white and green with a black, trapezoidal-shaped section silk-screened across the entire upper half. No attachments are authorized for the medal or ribbon.