Criteria: Successful completion of an overseas tour designated as “long term” by appropriate authority.
Devices: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
The Air Force Overseas Ribbon (Long Tour) was created on October 12, 1980 by order of General Lew Allen, Air Force Chief of Staff and is awarded to Air Force personnel for completing a standard overseas service assignment greater than two years in length. Long tour credit is awarded for completion of a prescribed overseas long tour (two years) by Air Force Instructions, or to any member assigned to a United States or overseas location who is subsequently sent under temporary duty orders (to include combat tours) for 365 or more days within a 3-year time frame. Additional awards are denoted by bronze and silver oak leaf clusters.