Service members who serve or have served in Iraq or Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve will receive the new Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal. The medal is retroactive to June 15, 2014, and is for service members based in Iraq or Syria, those who flew missions over those countries, and those who served in contiguous waters for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days. The medal distinctly recognizes service members battling terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria. service members who were killed or were medically evacuated from those countries due to wounds or injuries immediately qualify for the medal, as do members who engaged in combat. The medal is separate from the Iraq Campaign Medal, earned for service during operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. A picture of the medal is available on the U.S. Air Force website.
For more on military medals, see the Military.com Medal section.