Criteria: Awarded to U.S. Air Force units for exceptionally meritorious achievement or meritorious service
Devices: Bronze Letter “V”, Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
The Outstanding Unit Award was established on January 6, 1954 and is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to units for exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. A unit must clearly perform at a high level for a sustained period of time to receive such recognition as afforded by this award. The exceptionally meritorious service must have been performed for a period of not more than two years and not less than one year. A bronze letter “V” is worn on the ribbon when awarded for combat or direct combat support actions. Bronze and silver oak leaf clusters are worn to denote additional awards.