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Pentagon Qualifies Operation Freedom’s Sentinel for GWOT Medals

The front and back of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, which was approved Feb. 26. (Defense Department photo)
The front and back of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, which was approved Feb. 26. (Defense Department photo)

WASHINGTON — 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, the Pentagon announced Thursday.

The designation, approved in a memo issued Wednesday by Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright, is effective Jan. 1, 2015, the official start date of OFS.

OFS is a mission to train Afghan soldiers and conduct counterterrorism operations against extremists in Afghanistan. It is a follow-on mission to the Afghanistan component of Operation Enduring Freedom, which was launched against al-Qaida, the Taliban and other extremist groups after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

The new GWOT-EM designation for OFS applies to troops who have deployed overseas to support the operation from countries or ships outside of Afghanistan. There are no deployment requirements for the GWOT-SM.

Service members stationed in Afghanistan participating in OFS are eligible for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, not the GWOT-EM.

The following are the approved operations for the GWOT medals:

  • Enduring Freedom (OEF)
  • Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
  • Nomad Shadow (ONS)
  • New Dawn (OND)
  • Inherent Resolve (OIR)
  • Freedom’s Sentinel (OFS)
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