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 possibility a medal could get upgraded, no servicemember will have the award downgraded. The review is to ensure that no one deserving of a higher honor has been overlooked. The results of the reviews are due to the secretary of defense on Sept. 30, 2017.
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