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Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

$79.95
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Item No:
F008

Service: Air Force

Instituted: 1960

Criteria: Exceptionally mer­itorious service to the Uni­ted States Government in a duty of great responsibility

Device: Bronze & Silver Oak Leaf Cluster

Notes: Original design was modified and used as the Airman’s Medal

The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal was authorized by Congress on July 6, 1960; it evolved from the Army Distinguished Service Medal authorized in 1918. The medal is awarded for exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S. in a duty of great responsibility; the term “great responsibility” denotes the success of a major operation or program attributed to the proper exercise of authority and judgement. This is the highest peacetime Air Force decoration awarded. It is presented to all recipients who are awarded this decoration on or after November 1, 1965; AAF and USAF personnel who were awarded this decoration prior to this date received the Army version. The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal is rarely awarded to officers below the rank of Brigadier General. The medal should be referred to as “Distinguished Service Medal - Air Force design.” Major General Osmond J. Ritland, Air Force Systems Command, was the first recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal on November 30, 1965 for his efforts as Deputy Commander for Manned Space Flight. Subsequent awards are denoted by bronze and silver oak leaf clusters. The medal is a blue stone centered within 13 gold rays, each separated by 13 white stars. The recipient’s name may be engraved on the reverse of the medal.

Product Details

Service: Air Force

Instituted: 1960

Criteria: Exceptionally mer­itorious service to the Uni­ted States Government in a duty of great responsibility

Device: Bronze & Silver Oak Leaf Cluster

Notes: Original design was modified and used as the Airman’s Medal

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