Established: 27 May 2014
Criteria: Recognizes service by personnel in various career fields who have served in units involved with national strategic nuclear deterrence operations. Officer and enlisted personnel in the Active, Reserve, and Guard communities are eligible for this medal.
The Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Ribbon may be awarded to Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard personnel for service in support of US Air Force nuclear deterrence operations from 26 December 1991 until a date to be determined.
To be eligible personnel had to have been assigned to the Nuclear Enterprise and performed duties in one of the following, including all Airmen assigned to nuclear missile and bomb wings, regardless of career field.
Career fields: Nuclear operations, nuclear weapons storage facilities, Nuclear command, control, and communication (NC3); Security Transportation Maintenance, Facility management/maintenance, Nuclear certified aircraft operations, Explosive ordnance disposal, Installation Personnel Reliability Program management
The required length of service to be eligible for the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Ribbon is 120 consecutive or 179 non-consecutive days attached, deployed, assigned, or mobilized to a unit supporting the nuclear deterrence mission.