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USAF Recognition Ribbon of Merit

December 25th 2009 - 11:26 pm

The Air Force Recognition Ribbon was first created in October of 1980. These military ribbons are intended to recognize those who have received "non-portable" awards for accomplishment and excellence while serving on active duty in the Air Force.  To earn these military awards, a service member must receive a designated trophy, plaque or other award through personal accomplishment per Air Force regulations.  These military ribbons are intended to recognize military awards that could not otherwise be displayed on a uniform.  These personal decorations are awarded in combination with an Air Force level annual award. The Air Force Recognition Ribbon is worn below the Outstanding Airman Ribbon and is the lowest of the personal recognition awards in the order of precedence for military medals and ribbons.  Subsequent awards are denoted by Oak Leaf Clusters. The Air Force Recognition Ribbon is generally available as full size military ribbon and lapel pin.  Like most military ribbons, it is available as traditional slide-on military ribbons, and as thin military ribbons.


Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon

December 11th 2009 - 11:36 am

The Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon was established as a U.S. Navy decoration by order of the Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal, and was authorized for issuance between 1930 and 1941.  These military ribbons were discontinued after the attack on Pearl Harbor due to the massive call-up of reserves for the WWII.  These military awards were issued to any officer of the Naval Reserve who had served in the Naval Reserve for at least ten years, and who had commanded a Naval Reserve Battalion for a period exceeding four years. The Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon was worn just below the Prisoner of War Medal and just above the Navy Good Conduct Ribbon in the order of precedence for military medals and ribbons.  These military ribbons were never awarded more than once, and consequently no devices were ever authorized for additional awards. The Reserve Special Commendation Ribbon is generally available as a Navy ribbon and can be worn as traditional slide-on military ribbons, and thin military ribbons.


Coast Guard E Ribbon

December 7th 2009 - 9:40 am

The Coast Guard E Ribbon was created in September of 1990 as the equivalent to the Navy E Ribbon.  These military awards are sometimes called Coast Guard Excellence Ribbons.  These military ribbons are a unit award which are presented to the officers and crew of any Coast Guard Cutter which earns the Operational Excellence Award. The Coast Guard E Ribbon is worn below the Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation in the military medals and ribbons order of precedence, and subsequent awards of these military ribbons are denoted by gold Star devices. The Coast Guard E Ribbon is generally available as Army ribbons and a unit banner, and can be worn as traditional full size military ribbons and lapel pins.  Like most military awards, it is available as traditional slide-on, full size military ribbons, and thin military ribbons.


Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation

December 6th 2009 - 11:29 am

The Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation was created in November of 1973, and is awarded in the name of the Commandant of the Coast Guard.  These military awards are bestowed upon units that display superior performance in exceptionally difficult tasks that sets them above other units performing similar tasks.  Receiving these military ribbons requires unit performance that generally must be the equivalent to what is required of an individual to earn the Legion of Merit.  In the order of precedence for military medals and ribbons, the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation ranks below the Coast Guard Unit Commendation, and above the Coast Guard Team Merit Ribbon.  Additional Awards are denoted by gold Service Star devices.  This award is also available as a Unit Banner. The Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation is generally available as Coast Guard ribbons and a unit banner, and can be worn as traditional full size military ribbons and lapel pins.  Like most military awards, it is available as traditional slide-on, full size military ribbons, and thin military ribbons.


Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation

December 5th 2009 - 3:25 pm

The Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation was established by order of the Secretary of the Navy in July of 1967.  These mid-level military awards are bestowed in the name of the Secretary of the Navy to both Navy and Marine Corps units.  To win these military ribbons, the unit must display superior performance in exceptionally difficult tasks that sets them above other units performing similar tasks.  The required unit performance must generally be the equivalent to what is required of an individual to earn the Bronze Star.  Service in the combat area is not required so long as the service performed is directly related to the combat effort. In the order of precedence for military medals and ribbons, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation ranks below the Navy Unit Commendation, and above the Navy "E" Ribbon.  Additional Awards are denoted by bronze or silver Service Star devices.  This award is also available as a Unit Banner.   The Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation is generally available as Navy and Marine Corp ribbons and can be worn as traditional full size military ribbons and lapel pins.  Like most military awards, it is available as traditional slide-on, full size military ribbons, and thin military ribbons.


Coast Guard Unit Commendation

December 2nd 2009 - 10:31 am

The Coast Guard Unit Commendation was created in 1963 and is presented to members of any Coast Guard unit which distinguishes itself by valorous or extremely meritorious service which does not involve combat, but supports Coast Guard operations.  With the transfer of the Coast Guard to the Department of Homeland Security, these military ribbons became the highest peacetime unit awards in the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Unit Commendation is considered equivalent to the Defense Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Valorous Unit Award, the Navy Unit Commendation, and the Air Force Gallant Unit Citation.  These military awards are worn just below the Presidential Unit Citation and just above the Meritorious Unit Commendation in the military medals and ribbons order of precedence.  The Operational Distinguishing Device is authorized for units which are presented this award for field operations and conditions.  Subsequent awards of the Coast Guard Unit Commendation are denoted by Award Star devices. The Coast Guard Unit Commendation is generally available as Coast Guard ribbons and a unit banner, and can be worn as full size military ribbons and lapel pins.  Like most military awards, it is available as slide-on, full size military ribbons, and thin military ribbons.