Service: Coast Guard
Instituted: 2002 (Retroactive to 2001)
Criteria: Acts or services that contributed to recovery from the attacks of September 11 2001 or force protection following the attacks.
Awarded to an individual serving in any capacity within the DOT, Merchant Marine or other civilians, for an act or service that contributed to recovery from the attacks of September 11 2001
The award may be made posthumously. Specifically, it may be awarded to the following authorized personnel:
a. Coast Guard units that shifted Operational Control (OPCON) to Operations Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle or Protecting Liberty for any amount of time between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002,
b. All personnel involved in patrolling harbors, critical infrastructure facilities, escorting high interest vessels, and conducting the boardings of vessels entering U.S. waters for no less than 14 days,
c. All personnel including active, reserve, auxiliary, and civilian personnel that manned or augmented Coast Guard, DOT, FEMA and DOD command centers including Operations Centers at Groups and above for no less than 14 days.