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Air and Space Campaign Medal

Air and Space Campaign Medal
Air and Space Campaign Medal
Awarded by Department of the Air Force
Type Service Medal
Eligibility United States Air Force personnel
Awarded for Participating in or directly supporting a significant U.S. military operation designated by the Air Force chief of staff.
Status Currently awarded
Established 24 April 2002
Next (higher) Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal[1]
Next (lower) Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal[2]

Air and Space Campaign Medal ribbon

The Air and Space Campaign Medal (ASCM) is an award of the United States Air Force which was first created on April 24, 2002 by order of Secretary of the Air Force James G. Roche. The ASCM may be awarded to members of the USAF who, after March 24, 1999, supported a significant U.S. military operation designated by the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force as qualifying for the ASCM.[3]


  • Eligibility 1
  • Qualifying Operations 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


To be eligible for the Air and Space Campaign Medal a service member must perform direct support of a military operation for at least thirty consecutive days or for sixty non-consecutive days. "Direct support" is defined as deploying in support of an ASCM approved operation or if performing functions at home station or from outside the geographic area of combat which historically were deployed forward, or entirely new and future missions., which due to technological advances are no longer constrained by geographic location. This includes, but is not limited to, sortie generation, intelligence, surveillance, targeting, computer network attack operations, etc. Squadron Commanders may determine other functions that meet the intent of this award.[3]

Members who provided direct support for 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days to one of these operations, at home station, or from outside of the geographic area of combat qualify for the ASCM.

Air and Space Campaign Medal takes precedence immediately after the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.

The Air and Space Campaign Medal is only authorized for Air Force personnel and is prohibited for issuance if another campaign or service medal has already been received for the operation in question. Additional awards are denoted by service stars.

Qualifying Operations

Operations related to the Global War on Terrorism (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom) are not eligible for the ASCM.


  1. ^ "Awards and Decorations". Air Force Personnel Center Library. Air Force Personnel Center. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "MEMORANDUM FOR AF/A1 SUBJECT: Establishment of a Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal" (PDF). United States Air Force. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Air and Space Campaign Medal". Air Force Personnel Center > Library > Factsheets. US Air Force Personnel Center. 3 August 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ a b US Air Force Personnel Center (11 December 2012). "Air and Space Campaign Medal for Operation Odyssey Dawn and Operation Unified Protector". Goodfellow Air Force Base website. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 

External links

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