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Awards and Decorations

  1. Medal of Honor

    Not Awarded in ACC.

    You can find out more information about the actual Medal of Honor, HERE.

  2. Air Force Cross

    The Air Force Cross is the second-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded.

    Requirement: Actions that merit the Air Force Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other combat decorations.

    Citation: “For extraordinary heroism…”

  3. Army Distinguished Service Cross

    The Army Distinguished Service Cross is the second-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded.

    Requirement: Actions that merit the Army Distinguished Service Cross must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other combat decorations.

    Citation: “For extraordinary heroism…”

  4. Defense Distinguished Service Medal

    Awarded only to Officers who have rendered distinguished meritorious service in a position of enormous responsibility. The DDSM is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally distinguished service, and to honor an individual’s non-combat accomplishments over a sustained period. 

    Citation: “For exceptionally meritorious service to the Air Combat Command in a duty of great responsibility…”

  5. Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

    Awarded to Senior NCO’s who separate themselves through distinguished meritorious service. Award of this medal indicates the awardee has performed in a position of significant responsibility over a sustained period of time, usually in a position of non-combat leadership. 

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For exceptionally meritorious service to the Air Combat Command in a duty of great responsibility…”

  6. Army Distinguished Service Medal

    Awarded to Senior NCO’s who separate themselves through distinguished meritorious service. Award of this medal indicates the awardee has performed in a position of significant responsibility over a sustained period of time, usually in a position of non-combat leadership. 

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For exceptionally meritorious service to the Air Combat Command in a duty of great responsibility…”

  7. Silver Star

    The Silver Star is the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded. Awarded to any member for “gallantry” in action. Actions that merit the Silver Star must be of such a high degree that they are above those required for all other combat decorations but do not merit award of the Air Force Cross or Army Distinguished Service Cross.

    Citation: “For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action…”

  8. Defense Superior Service Medal

    Awarded to any member of the unit for outstanding service over a 12 month period. 

    Citation: “For exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service…”

  9. Legion of Merit

    Awarded to the Commander of the Fiscal Year (6 Months).

    Citation: “For exceptionally meritorious Command in the performance of outstanding service…”

  10. Distinguished Flying Cross

    Awarded to any member, while serving in aerial flight, who distinguishes themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service in connection with military operations. 

    Citation: For extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight…”

  11. Airman's Medal

    Awarded to the Airman of the Fiscal Year (6 Months). 

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For outstanding combat achievement (or service)…”

  12. Soldier's Medal

    Awarded to the Soldier of the Fiscal Year (6 Months). 

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For outstanding combat achievement (or service)…”

  13. Bronze Star

    Awarded to any member who distinguishes themselves by meritorious achievement or service, not involving aerial flight, in connection with military operations. 

    Citation: “For meritorious achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy…”

  14. Purple Heart

    Awarded to combat leaders who, while engaged in an official combat operation, are wounded in combat and successfully finish the mission while in a position of leadership.

  15. Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    Awarded only to Officers who have rendered continuous meritorious service in a position of responsibility. The DMSM is specifically intended to recognize continuous service, and to honor an individual’s non-combat accomplishments over a sustained period, less than the criteria for the Defense Distinguished Service Medal. 

    Citation: “For continuous meritorious service…”

  16. Meritorious Service Medal

    Awarded only to NCO/SNCO’s who have rendered continued meritorious service in a position of responsibility. The MDSM is specifically intended to recognize continued service, and to honor an individual’s non-combat accomplishments over a sustained period, less than the criteria for the Distinguished Service Medal. 

    Citation: “For continuous meritorious service…”

  17. Air Medal

    Awarded to any member for extraordinary performance in flight-related duties while in a combat zone.  

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For meritorious achievement in aerial flight…”

  18. Air Force Commendation Medal

    Awarded to Officers after serving at least 1 Fiscal Year (6 Months) in a Squadron Commander or higher Command position.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized for each subsequent Fiscal Year (6 Months) tour of duty. 

    Citation: “For meritorious service (or meritorious achievement)while serving as…”

  19. Army Commendation Medal

    Awarded to Officers after serving at least 1 Fiscal Year (6 Months) in a Detachment Commander or higher Command position.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized for each subsequent 1 Fiscal Year (6 Months) tour of duty. 

    Citation: “For meritorious service (or meritorious achievement)while serving as…”

  20. Joint Service Achievement Medal

    Awarded to any member for aiding in organizing of ten (10) official operations. 

    Citation: “For professional achievement in the superior performance of duties while serving as…”

  21. Air Force Achievement Medal

    Awarded to Airman for significant achievement in non-combat activities below that required for the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, or for achievement in combat leadership below that required for the Air Medal.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For professional achievement in the superior performance of his/her duties while serving as…”

  22. Army Achievement Medal

    Awarded to Soldiers for significant achievement in non-combat activities, or for achievement in combat leadership below that required for the Army Distinguished Service Medal or Defense Distinguished Service Medal.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For professional achievement in the superior performance of his/her duties while serving as…”

  23. Combat Action Medal

    Awarded to any member who actively participated in air or surface combat in 6 separate operations in a leadership position.

    Leadership Positions:

    • 5th: Element Leader, Det CO, Flight Lead
    • 1st FW: Flight Lead, CRO/PJ CC, 24STS Lead, AWAC Mission Crew Commander
    • Mission: Kingpin, Mission Commander

    Star device is authorized for each subsequent 12 separate operations in a leadership position.

  24. Joint Meritorious Unit Award

    Awarded to the ACC Squadron or Detachment of the Calendar Year (12 Months).  

    This award is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally distinguished service, and to honor a units accomplishments over a sustained period.

  25. Air Force Gallant Unit Citation

    Awarded the 1st Fighter Wing Squadron of the Fiscal Year (6 Months).  

    This award is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally distinguished service, and to honor a units accomplishments over a sustained period.

  26. Army Valorous Unit Award

    Awarded to the 5th Special Forces Group Detachment of the Fiscal Year (6 Months).  

    This award is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally distinguished service, and to honor a units accomplishments over a sustained period.

  27. Air Force Meritorious Unit Citation

    Awarded to the non-combat Unit of the Fiscal Year (6 Months). (i.e. ATC, ABM, OSS Admin, Recruitment) 

    This award is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally distinguished service, and to honor a units accomplishments over a sustained period.

  28. Army Meritorious Unit Commendation

    Awarded to the non-combat Unit of the Fiscal Year (6 Months). (i.e. ATC, ABM, OSS Admin, Recruitment) 

    This award is specifically intended to recognize exceptionally distinguished service, and to honor a units accomplishments over a sustained period.

  29. Air Force Outstanding Unit Citation

    Awarded to any combat unit that distinguishes themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service in connection with military operations.  

    Will be awarded to one unit per campaign.

  30. Army Superior Unit Award

    Awarded to any combat unit that distinguishes themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service in connection with military operations.  

    Will be awarded to one unit per campaign.

  31. Air Force Good Conduct Medal

    Attending and being an active participant in 6 official operations after completing any formal training. (After earning the Training Ribbon)

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized for 12 Operations.

  32. Army Good Conduct Medal

    Attending and being an active participant in 6 official operations after completing any formal training. (After earning the Army Service Ribbon)

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized for 12 Operations.

  33. Air Reserve Meritorious Service Medal

    Awarded to any reserve member who participated in at least 50% of missions throughout the year. 

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized.

  34. Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal

    Awarded to any reserve member who participated in at least 50% of missions throughout the year. 

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized.

  35. Outstanding Airman of the Quarter

    Awarded to the Airman of the Quarter

  36. Outstanding Soldier of the Quarter

    Awarded to the Soldier of the Quarter

  37. National Defense Service Medal

    Awarded to members that have served, in real life, in their nations Armed Forces.

  38. First Responder Medal

    Awarded to members that have served, in real life, as a civilian first responder.

  39. Armed Forces Service Medal

    Awarded to members that are assigned non-combat positions in addition to their combat billet and serve with distinction for a period of 6 months or longer.

  40. Humanitarian Service Medal

    Awarded to members who distinguish themselves by direct meritorious participation in any significant online act or operation of a humanitarian nature. Specifically: Helping others with technical issues or morale support for fellow members in times of need.

  41. Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

    Awarded to any member whose total donations exceed $100, or in excess of $50 in any calendar month. 

    Oak Leaf Devices will be awarded for each multiple of $100 contribution; Silver Stars for each multiple of $1000 contribution.

  42. Air Force Longevity Service Award

    Awarded to any member for Fiscal Year (6 Months) of service. 

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized for each subsequent 6 months.

  43. Military Training Instructor

    Awarded to any member upon assignment as an instructor within the 1st Fighter Wing.

  44. Recruiter Ribbon

    Awarded to any member for being responsible for bringing in 3 new members, and those recruits completing any formal training (After recruit earning the USAF Training Ribbon or Army Service Ribbon).

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized.

  45. Training Ribbon

    Awarded to any member at the completion of any formal training program within the 1st Fighter Wing.

  46. Army Service Ribbon

    Awarded to any member at the completion of any formal training program within the 5th Special Forces Group.

Squadron/Detachment Quarterly Awards

  1. Squadron Airman of the Quarter

    Awarded to Squadron Airman of the Quarter (No Ribbon Awarded).

    Nominates Airman for Outstanding Airman of the Quarter (Wing Level Award).

  2. Detachment Soldier of the Quarter

    Awarded to Detachment Soldier of the Quarter (No Ribbon Awarded).

    Nominates Soldier for Outstanding Soldier of the Quarter (Group Level Award).

Army Badges

  1. Basic Parachutist Badge

    Requirements:

    The Basic Parachutist Badge is awarded to all members of the 5th Special Forces Group after completion of the Basic Airborne Course.

  2. Military Free Fall Badge

    Requirements:

    The Military Free Fall Badge will be awarded to members of the 5th Special Forces Group who have completed Military Free Fall School

  3. Air Assault Badge

    Requirements:

    The Air Assault Badge is awarded to all members of the 5th Special Forces Group after completion of Air Assault School.

  4. Combat Infantryman Badge

    Requirements:

    The Combat Infantryman Badge will be awarded to members (excluding Medical Sergeant) of the 5th Special Forces Group who perform duties in a combat situation.

  5. Expert Medical Badge

    Requirements:

    The Expert Medical Badge is awarded to members of the 5th Special Forces Group who have completed Advanced Medical School.

  6. Army Special Operations Combat Diver Badge

    Requirements:

    The Special Operations Combat Diver Badge is awarded to members of the 5th Special Forces Group who complete Special Forces Underwater Diver School.

  7. Army Aviator Wings (Basic)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to members of the 5th Special Forces Group who have completed Pilot Training.

     

  8. Army Aviator Wings (Senior)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to members of the 5th Special Forces Group who have completed 6 months of flying service, and 30 Operations as either PIC or SIC.

     

  9. Army Aviator Wings (Master)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to members of the 5th Special Forces Group who have 24 months of flying service, and 120 Operations as either PIC or SIC.
     

USAF Badges

  1. USAF Pilot Wings (Basic)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing Pilots at the completion of their Mission Qualification Checkride.
     

  2. USAF Pilot Wings (Senior)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing Pilots after 6 months of flying service and 30 Operations as Pilot in Command.
     

  3. USAF Pilot Wings (Command)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing Pilots after 24 months of flying service and 120 Operations as Pilot in Command.
     

  4. Air Battle Manager Wings (Basic)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing with Secondary AFSC ABM and have completed the required training.
     

  5. Air Battle Manager Wings (Senior)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing ABM after 6 months of ABM service and 30 Operations as ABM.

  6. Air Battle Manager Wings (Master)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing ABM after 24 months of ABM service and 120 Operations as ABM.

  7. Air Traffic Control Badge (Basic)


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing with Secondary AFSC ATC and have completed the required training.
     

  8. Air Traffic Control Badge (Senior)

    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing ATC after 6 months of ATC service and 30 Operations as ATC.

  9. Air Traffic Control Badge (Master)

    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing ATC after 24 months of ATC service and 120 Operations as ATC.

  10. USAF Commander's Badge


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing Squadron and Wing Commanders. Device is removed when no longer assigned as Commander.
     

  11. Basic Parachutist Badge


    Requirements:
    The Basic Parachutist Badge is awarded to all members of the 1st Fighter Wing after completion of the Basic Airborne Course.
     

  12. Military Free Fall Badge

    Requirements:

    The Military Free Fall Badge will be awarded to members of the 1st Fighter Wing members who have completed Military Free Fall School

  13. Combat Controller Badge


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing Combat Controllers (CCT) after completion of the formal CCT training courses.
     

  14. Special Tactics Officer Badge

    Requirements:

    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing Special Tactics Officer (STO) after completion of the formal STO training courses.

  15. Pararescueman Badge


    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing Pararescuemen (PJ) after completion of Training Pipeline and Technical Medical Courses.
     

  16. Combat Rescue Officer Badge

    Requirements:
    Awarded to 1st Fighter Wing Combat Rescue Officer (CRO) after completion of Training Pipeline and Technical Medical Courses.

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