Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

The Medal For Service in the Expeditionary Forces of the Global War on Terrorism, or the Expeditionary Medal For the Global War on Terrorism is a military award of the US Armed Forces established by presidential decree No. 13289 of March 12, 2003 years to reward U.S. military personnel who have and have been taking part in hostilities against global terrorism from 2001 to the present.

The medal “For Service in the Expeditionary Forces of the Global War on Terrorism” is awarded when one of the following conditions is met by servicemen:

  • service in units involved in anti-terrorist operations in designated territories for 30 consecutive days or 60 days at a time;
  • participation in real hostilities against the enemy, associated with a threat to their own lives or serious injuries;
  • death, injury or injury requiring evacuation from the area of ​​operation.
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Photo by Apolon

To receive such a medal Air Force pilots should have from 30 to 60 days of combat flights to the operations area.

Since April 30, 2005, participants in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have been awarded with new medals: “For the Iraq Campaign” and “For the Campaign in Afghanistan”, and the submission for the medal “For Service in the Expeditionary Forces of the Global War on Terrorism” was discontinued. The ones presented to it earlier could replace it with new medals of a specific campaign, provided that only one of these awards was received.

The medal “For service in the expeditionary forces of the global war on terrorism” is awarded for participation in the following operations:

Operation From To
Enduring Freedom (OEF) 11 September 2001 Present
Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 19 March 2003 31 August 2010
Nomad Shadow (ONS) 5 November 2007 Present
New Dawn (OND) 1 September 2010 31 December 2011
Inherent Resolve (OIR) 15 June 2014 Present
Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS) 1 January 2015 Present
Odyssey Lightning (OOL) 1 August 2016 19 December 2016
Operation Pacific Eagle (OPE-P) 5 October 2017 Present

Description of the medal

Disc-shaped bronze medal with a narrow bead, 1 ⅜ inch (25.4 mm) in diameter. On the front side, surrounded by a laurel wreath, a heraldic shield with a head and a thirteen-fold dissected field, superimposed on two crossed swords. On top of the shield is a bald eagle with wings spread to the sides, clawing a snake.

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Photo by Apolon

On the reverse side of the coin in the center, on top of two crossed swords, is a bald eagle with wings spread to the sides, clawing a snake. The inscription along the circumference: “War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal”.

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Photo by Apolon

The medal at the top has an eyelet with a ring through which the medal ribbon is attached.

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Photo by Apolon

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Photo by Apolon

The award is worn in order of seniority on the left side of the chest before the Medal for Participation in the Global War on Terrorism and after the Medal for the Campaign in Kosovo.

Troops from the Michigan Army National Guard (MIARNG) with the 156th Signal Battalion (SB), wear the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal they received for their service overseas. (A3596)

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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Scene Camera Operator: SSG Helen Miller, Miang

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