Air Force Cross Medal

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Item No:
F004

Service: Air Force

Instituted: 1960

Criteria: Extraordinary hero­ism in action against an en­emy of the U.S. or while serving with friendly foreign forces

Devices: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster

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Authorized on November 1, 1965 for extraordinary heroism while engaged in a military action against an enemy of the United States; previous to the effective date of July 6, 1960, deserving Air Force personnel received the Army Distinguished Service Cross (DSC). It is awarded for heroic actions not justifying the Medal of Honor and is presented in the name of the President.

The first award of the Air Force Cross was made posthumously to Major Rudolf Anderson, Jr. who was shot down and killed over Cuba during the Cuban missile crisis while flying a U-2 aircraft. The first living enlisted man to receive the award was Sgt. Duane D. Hackney who received it for rescuing a downed Air Force pilot in Vietnam. As of this writing, the two latest awards of the Air Force Cross were the result of actions occurring during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, coincidentally on the same date, March 4, 2002. The first was to Technical Sergeant John Chapman of the 24th Special Tactics Squadron. After his helicopter, containing a U.S. Navy sea-air-land team was shot down, TSgt Chapman established communications with a gunship, directed fire to protect the team, controlled a rescue helicopter to effect the extraction and provided fire which covered the rescue until he succumbed to his wounds. The second award was made to Senior Airman Jason D. Cunningham of the USAF Quick Reaction Force for extraordinary heroism while acting as a primary Combat Search & Rescue medic. After the crash of his helicopter, Airman Cunningham, in spite of effective enemy fire and risk to his own life, gave ten gravely wounded soldiers life-saving medical treatment until he was, himself, mortally wounded. The design of the Air Force Cross medal and ribbon are based on the design of the Army Distinguished Service Cross. The medal is a bronze cross containing a gold-plated American bald eagle with wings against a cloud formation encircled by a green laurel wreath. The awardees name may be engraved on the reverse. The blue in the center of the ribbon is a lighter shade than that of the DSC. Additional awards are denoted by bronze and silver oak leaf clusters.

Product Details

Service: Air Force

Instituted: 1960

Criteria: Extraordinary hero­ism in action against an en­emy of the U.S. or while serving with friendly foreign forces

Devices: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster

Customer needs to contact a military awards specialist to purchase this award.

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