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. Previous to its establishment, the Army Commendation Medal was awarded to Air Force personnel who met the criteria for the award.
The “V” may be awarded for actions taken during single acts of terrorism and isolated combat incidents. The first instances of the “V” device being awarded with this medal occurred during the terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia in 1996. 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.