The Department of Defense has announced that the creation of the new NATO Medal for NATO Operations and Activities in Africa, which is awarded for service in direct support of one of the following operations or activities: (1) North Atlantic Council-approved NATO support activities in relation to the African Union, (2) Operation Allied Provider, (3) Operation Allied Protector, and (4) Operation Ocean Shield. Also, the new NATO Medal for NATO Operations and Activities in Libya is awarded for service in direct support of Operation Unified Protector. Individuals should consult with their personnel offices for more information on eligibility or to update their personnel files. For a list of all NATO medals, see DOD Manual 1348.33, Manual of Military Decorations and Awards, Volume 3.
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