DoD to Improve Awards Process

The Pentagon has made a number of changes to the military decorations and awards program to ensure servicemembers receive appropriate recognition of their actions. Key changes include: (1) implementation of new goals and processes to improve timeliness of the Medal of Honor and other valor awards; (2) standardization of the meaning and use of th... more

Valor Awards to be Reviewed

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has directed the military departments to review Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross and Silver Star Medal recommendations since Sept. 11, 2001, for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. There are approximately 1,000 Silver Star and 100 service cross recommendations under review. While there is a possi... more

Wearing of Military Awards With Civilian Clothes

Air Force Medals

It is permissible for veterans and retirees to wear military awards on civilian clothes for gatherings of a military theme. On significant holidays, veterans and retirees are encouraged to wear their awards and medals. The choice of either full-size medal or miniature is an individual one. Retired personnel and former members of the military ma... more

LIVE FEED: Pentagon Officials Present Medals to Train Attack Heroes


While Train Heroes Honored, Medals for Chattanooga Victims Uncertain

Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team continue to investigate the shooting at the Armed Forces Career Center/National Guard Recruitment Office on July 18, 2015. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON -- While Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone will be honored with a Purple Heart on Thursday for injuries he sustained struggling with a Paris train shooter three weeks ago, the families of the five military members killed in Chattanooga, Tenn., in July still have no word on whether their fallen will be similarly honored. That's because o... more

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