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Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
Awarded by United States Air Force
Type Military medal
Eligibility members of the United States Air Force
Awarded for exceptionally meritorious service to the government in a duty of great responsibility, in combat or otherwise
Statistics
Established 6 July 1960
First awarded 30 November 1965
Precedence
Next (higher) Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, Department of Commerce Gold Medal
Equivalent Distinguished Service Medal: Navy-Marine, Army, Coast Guard, Public Health Service Uniformed Corps
Next (lower) Silver Star

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal ribbon

The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal was created by an act of the United States Congress on July 6, 1960. The medal was intended as a new decoration of the United States Air Force to replace the policy of awarding the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Air Force personnel.[1]

The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to any member of the United States Air Force who has distinguished himself or herself by exceptionally meritorious service to the United States Government in a duty of great responsibility. The interpretation of the phrase "great responsibility" means that this medal is generally awarded only to officers who hold at least the rank of Major General. However, as is customary for most military decorations, the requirements for the Distinguished Service Medal are interpreted more liberally when awarded upon retirement. As a result, it is the typical decoration for a retiring Brigadier General, and in recent years it has also been awarded to the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force upon retirement.

Cases of the award of this decoration to an individual who was not a general officer, or the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, are unusual. The medal is typically awarded to senior Air Force generals.[2] Two notable exceptions are astronauts Buzz Aldrin who was awarded this decoration even though he retired as a colonel and Colonel David Scott (who flew on Gemini 8, Apollo 9, and Apollo 15) who was awarded this award twice.[3][4]

The first recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal was Major General Osmond J. Ritland, USAF, who received his medal on November 30, 1965 upon his retirement.[5]

Additional awards are denoted with oak leaf clusters.[1]

This award is comparable to the Department of the Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service given to civilian employees of the Department of the Air Force.

Notable recipients

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Air Force Personnel Center Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
  2. ^ "Fact Sheet: Air Force Distinguished Service Medal".  
  3. ^ "Awards and Citations of Buzz Aldrin". Magazine. Military Times/Gannett. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  4. ^ http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/scott-dr.html
  5. ^ "Major General Osmond J. Ritland Inducted 1989" (PDF). Air Force Space and Missile Pioneers.  
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