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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: A Fighter pilot must have 30 A/A kills, or 20 A/G vehicle kills, or a 3/2 A/G kill ratio totaling 20 kills, all while not
    losing a single aircraft; or, Requirement: A non-pilot's 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.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For extraordinary heroism or achievement…”

  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.

    Oak Leaf Device authorized.

    Citation: “For extraordinary heroism…”

  4. Defense Distinguished Service Medal

    Requirement: Awarded only to Officers who have rendered distinguished meritorious service in a non-combat position
    of enormous responsibility over a 12 month period.

    Oak Leaf Device authorized.

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

  5. Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

    Requirement: Awarded to 1FW SNCO’s who separate themselves through distinguished meritorious service in a non-combat
    position of enormous responsibility over a 12 month period.

    Oak Leaf Device authorized.

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

  6. Army Distinguished Service Medal

    Requirement: Awarded to 5SFG SNCO’s who separate themselves through distinguished meritorious service in a non-combat
    position of enormous responsibility over a 12 month period.

    Oak Leaf Device authorized.

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

  7. Silver Star

    Requirement: During combat operations, must have shown great courage under fire, completing a task or an objective against
    all odds, less than the criteria for the Air Force Cross or Army Distinguished Service Cross.

    Oak Leaf Device authorized.

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

  8. Defense Superior Service Medal

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

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized.

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

  9. Legion of Merit

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

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized.

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

  10. Distinguished Flying Cross

    Requirement: A Fighter pilot must have 20 A/A kills, or 15 A/G vehicle kills, or a 3/2 A/G kill ratio totaling 15 kills, all while not
    losing a single aircraft; or, Requirement: A non-pilot's actions that merit the Distinguished Flying Cross must be of such a high
    degree that they are above those required for all other combat decorations, less than the criteria for the Air Force Cross.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized. 

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

  11. Airman's Medal

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

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For exceptional achievement in service to the 1st Fighter Wing...”

  12. Soldier's Medal

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

    Oak Leaf Cluster device is authorized. 

    Citation: “For exceptional achievement in service to the 5th Special Forces Group...”

  13. Bronze Star

    Requirement: During combat operations, must have distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement or service,
    not involving aerial flight, less than the criteria for the Silver Star.

    Oak Leaf Device authorized.

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

  14. Purple Heart

    Requirement: Awarded to combat leaders who, while engaged in an official combat operation, are wounded in combat and
    successfully finish the mission, without loss of life, while in a position of leadership.

    Oak Leaf Device authorized.

    Citation: “For meritorious leadership and endurance in connection with combat operations against the enemy…”

     

  15. Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    Requirement: 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. 

    Oak Leaf Device authorized.

    Citation: “For continuous meritorious service…”

  16. Meritorious Service Medal

    Requirement: 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 Air Force or Army Distinguished Service Medal. 

    Oak Leaf Device authorized.

    Citation: “For continuous meritorious service…”

  17. Air Medal

    Requirement: A Fighter pilot must have 10 A/A kills, or 10 A/G vehicle kills, or a 3/2 A/G kill ratio totaling 10 kills, all while not
    losing a single aircraft; or, Requirement: A non-pilot's actions that merit the Air Medal must be of such a high degree that
    they are above those required for all other combat decorations, less than the criteria for the DFC.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized. 

    Citation: “For meritorious achievement in aerial flight…”

  18. Air Force Commendation Medal

    Requirement: Awarded to Officers after serving at least 6 consecutive months in a Squadron Commander or higher Command
    position.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized for each subsequent 6 consecutive months of duty. 

    Citation: “For meritorious service while serving as…”

  19. Army Commendation Medal

    Requirement: Awarded to Officers after serving at least 6 consecutive months in a Detachment Commander or higher Command position.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized for each subsequent 6 consecutive months of duty. 

    Citation: “For meritorious service while serving as…”

  20. Joint Service Achievement Medal

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

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized.

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

  21. Air Force Achievement Medal

    Requirement: Awarded to Airman for significant achievement in non-combat activities below that required for the Meritorious
    Service Medal, or for achievement in combat below that required for the Air Medal.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized. 

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

  22. Army Achievement Medal

    Requirement: Awarded to Soldiers for significant achievement in non-combat activities, less than the criteria for the 
    Meritorious Service Medal

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized. 

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

  23. Combat Action Medal

    Requirement: 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 Lead, 24STS Lead, AWAC Mission Crew Commander
    • Mission: Kingpin, Mission Commander

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

    Citation: "For continued exceptional service in a combat 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, Zeus) 

    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, Zeus) 

    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

    Requirement: Awarded to Airmen after 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 each subsequent 12 separate operations, not in a leadership position.

    Citation: "For continued exceptional service in combat..."

  32. Army Good Conduct Medal

    Requirement: Awarded to Soldiers after 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 each subsequent 12 separate operations, not in a leadership position.

    Citation: "For continued exceptional service in combat..."

  33. Air Force Reserve Meritorious Service Medal

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

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized.

    Citation: "For dedicated service as part of the reserve component of Air Combat Command..."

  34. Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal

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

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized.

    Citation: "For dedicated service as part of the reserve component of Air Combat Command..."

  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

    Requirement: 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.

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized.

    Citation: "For significant contributions to member, or members, of Air Combat Command..."

  41. Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

    Requirement: 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.

    Citation: "For significant monetary contribution to Air Combat Command..."

  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. Army Longevity Stripe

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

    Additional stripes are authorized for each subsequent 6 months.

  44. Army Overseas Service Bar

    Awarded to any member for 30 Operations of service.

    Additional Bars is give for every 30 Operations of Service

  45. Military Training Instructor

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

  46. Recruiter Ribbon

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

    Oak Leaf Cluster device authorized.

    Army will receive the Army Recruiting Badge.

  47. Training Ribbon

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

  48. 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. AF Basic Parachutist Badge


    Requirements:
    The Basic Parachutist Badge is awarded to all members of the 1st Fighter Wing after completion of the USAF Freefall
    school or 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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