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Service: All Services

Instituted: 1977

Dates Awarded: 1975 to Present

Criteria: Direct participation in specific operations of a humanitarian nature

Devices: all Services: Bronze or Silver Star

Awarded to those who distinguish themselves by meritorious direct participation in a DOD-approved, significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature. According to regulations, the participation must be “hands-on” at the site of the operation; personnel assigned to staff functions geographically separated from the operation are not eligible for this medal.

Service members must be assigned and/or attached to participating units for specific operations by official orders. Members who were present for duty at specific qualifying locations for the medal but who did not make a direct contribution to the action or operation are specifically excluded from eligibility.

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