Criteria: Awarded to Air Force units for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy
Devices: Bronze, Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
The Air Force Presidential Unit Citation owes its heritage to the original Army award which was created in February 26, 1942 and modified by Executive Order on December 2, 1943. The order created the Distinguished Unit Citation which was re-designated as the Presidential Unit Citation on January 10, 1957. It is conferred upon units of the Army and Air Force of the United States for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after December 7, 1941. The unit must display such gallantry, determination and esprit de corps as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same that which would warrant award of the Distinguished Service Cross or Air Force Cross to an individual. Unlike the Army, the Air Force PUC may only be worn by individuals who are assigned or permanently attached to and also present for duty with a unit in the action for which the Presidential Unit Citation is awarded. Subsequent awards of the Presidential Unit Citation are denoted by bronze oak-leaf clusters.