Service: Navy, Marine Corps
Criteria: Outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered on behalf of the United States Air Force
Devices: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Letter “V”
Authorized on March 28, 1958; Awarded to personnel below the rank of Brigadier General for outstanding achievement, meritorious service or acts of courage that do not meet the requirements for award of the Airman’s Medal or the Bronze Star Medal. In 1996, the Secretary of the Air Force authorized the award of a bronze letter “V” with this medal, retroactive to January 11, 1996, if the award’s recipient distinguishes him/herself while under attack or during a hazardous situation resulting from hostilities.
The front of the medal contains an American eagle with outstretched wings in front of a cloud formation and perched above the Air Force Coat of Arms. The reverse contains the words, “FOR MILITARY MERIT” above a blank area which may be used to engrave the recipient’s name.