Service: Air Force
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 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.