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Defense Superior Service Medal

October 27th 2009 - 10:28 am

The Defense Superior Service Medal was created with an Executive Order issued by President Ford on February 6, 1976.  It is awarded by the Department of Defense as senior military decorations to members of the U.S. military for superior meritorious service in positions of significant responsibility.  It is generally awarded to flag and general officer grades in the name of the Secretary of Defense. The Defense Superior Service Medal is located just below the Silver Star in the order of precedence for military medals, and just above the Legion of Merit.  These military awards use the same design as the Defense Distinguished Service Medals, but are finished in silver instead of gold. The Defense Superior Service Medal can be worn as traditional full size military medals and mini medals, military ribbons and lapel pins.  Like most military medals, it is available as traditional slide-on, full size military medals or mini-medals, slide-on military ribbons, and thin military medals, mini-medals and ribbons.

Kosovo Campaign Medal

October 3rd 2009 - 5:34 am

On May 3, 2000, the Kosovo Campaign Medal was authorized as a military medal of the United States armed forces. This award was authorized by President Bill Clinton as a Presidential Order. This military award is issued to any member of the United States armed forces who served in the line of duty in the Kosovo from the dates of 1999 to the current date. In order for a United States service member to be eligible to receive for the Kosovo Campaign Medal, they would have had to be assigned to a specific unit for 30 consecutive or 60 cumulated days in one of the specified operations. The operations that a service member must have served in are; operation allied force, operation allied harbor, operation shining hope, operation noble anvil, or operation joint guardian.  There are a few military medals that are somewhat similar to the Kosovo Campaign Medal. The Air Campaign Medal is similar to the Kosovo Campaign Medal, but it only applies to operations performed in the land area and air space of the following; Serbia (including Kosovo), Montenegro, Bosnia, Romania, Italy, Albania, Greece, Macedonia, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Slovenia. Also included in the area of operations performed is the Adriatic and Ionian Sea, as long as such operations are supporting the efforts for peacekeeping in Kosovo. Another military award similar to the Kosovo Campaign Medal is the Kosovo Defense Campaign Medal. This award only includes the following areas; Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Albania. Operations performed in the areas of the Adriatic Sea also qualify for the Kosovo Defense Campaign Medal.  Awarded, along with the Kosovo Campaign Medal, are up to two service stars. Service stars can be issued if two different tours, over 30/60 days, were shown is the Defense as well as the Air Campaign. Service stars are always awarded with the Kosovo Campaign Medal as a requirement. Often issued with this medal is the combat operation insignia, only given to particular sailors. This military award is also presented as a military ribbon and as a mini-medal.