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Chief Of Staff Medal of Appreciation

The Chief Of Staff Medal of Appreciation (Hebrew: אות הערכה מטעם הרמטכ"ל‎) is an Israeli military decoration. [1]

The medal was instituted in 1981. It is awarded to both civilians and military personnel who contribute to the strengthening of the IDF or the security of Israel; the medal could also be awarded to foreign civilians.

The medal's most well-known recipient is the Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who was awarded the medal posthumously after his death during a mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Design

The medal is round; on the front there is a Star of David with an olive branch and a sword rest on its left; the reverse is plain.

The medal is attached to a white ribbon with two blue strips on the edges, similar to those on the Israeli flag.

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