NATO Kosovo Mini Medal
NATO Kosovo Medal
Service: All Services
Instituted: Yugoslavia: 1 July 1992
Kosovo: 7 June 2000
Criteria: Service under NATO command and in direct support of NATO
operations for (a) 30 days service in or 90 days outside the former
Republic of Yugoslavia and the Adriatic Sea or (b) 30
continuous/accumulated days on land, at sea or in the air space of the
Province of Kosovo.
Devices: Bronze Star
Notes: Above date denotes when award was authorized for wear by U.S. Armed Forces personnel.
Awarded to U.S. military personnel for service under the NATO command
and in direct support of NATO operations. Recipients, as of this
writing, may qualify for two NATO operations:
(1) Former Yugoslavia: 30 days service inside or 90 days outside the
former Republic of Yugoslavia after July 1, 1992 to a date to be
(2) Kosovo: 30 continuous/accumulated days in or around the former
Yugoslavian province of Kosovo from October 13, 1998 to a date to be
Multiple rotations or tours in either operational area will only qualify for a single award of that medal.
The NATO Medal, like the United Nations Medal, has a common
planchet/pendant but comes with unique ribbons for each operation. As
in the case of the United Nations, U.S. Service personnel who qualify
for both NATO Medals will wear the first medal/ribbon awarded and a
bronze service star on the ribbon bar and suspension ribbon to denote
the second award. As before however, the two medal clasps which may
accompany the medal. i.e., “FORMER YUGOSLAVIA and KOSOVO” may not be
worn on the US military uniform.
The medal is a bronze disk featuring the NATO symbol in the center
surrounded by olive branches around the periphery. The reverse contains
the inscription, “NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION” in English around
the top edge and the same wording in French along the lower edge. A
horizontal olive branch separates the central area into two areas. Atop
this, set in three lines, is the inscription, “IN SERVICE OF PEACE AND
FREEDOM” in English. The same text in French on four lines is inscribed
in the lower half.
Awarded to various militaries of the world under the authority of the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization. There are currently nine versions
of the NATO Medal in existence, for service in Yugoslavia, Kosovo,
Republic of Macedonia, two for service during Article 5 operations
(Eagle Assist, Active Endeavor) , and three for Non-Article 5 NATO
operations (ISAF, Balkans, NTM-Iraq). In addition, there are
corresponding clasps for operations such as ISAF, Kosovo, Former
Yugoslavia, NTM-Iraq (NATO Training Mission-Iraq) and clasps
designating Article 5, and Non-Article 5 designations. The 'Former
Yugoslavia Bar' bar has been removed from the original medal since it
is not authorized per Dept of Def regulations.