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

Service Stars for GWOT Medal

Active-duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen who earned the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for more than one of the five Defense Department-approved Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal operations may now wear a service star device on the medal and service ribbon for the second and subsequent awards. The policy is retroactive to Sep... more

Medals for Operation Freedom's Sentinel

The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that Operation Freedom's Sentinel is now a qualifying operation for award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Service members deployed abroad in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel outside of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal area of eligibil... more

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