The Department of Defense announced today that Operation Freedom’s Sentinel is now a qualifying operation for award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Service members deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel continue to be recognized through award of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. However, service members deployed abroad in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel outside of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal area of eligibility are now eligible for award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Those service members deployed in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel who have previously been recognized with the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for other qualifying operations are eligible to wear a service star on the medal or ribbon device.
Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright approved award of the Global War on Terrorism Medals for Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, retroactive to Jan.1, 2015, in a memorandum signed yesterday.
Full eligibility criteria for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service medals are contained in Department of Defense Manual 1348.33, Volume 2, Manual of Military Decorations and Awards: DoD Service Awards – Campaign, Expeditionary, and Service Medals. Additionally, lists of operations and areas of eligibility are available at: http://prhome.defense.gov/RFM/MPP/OEPM/Functions.
Service members should contact their respective military departments for additional guidance.
To learn more, please view the department’s memorandum.
Release No: NR-079-15
March 12, 2015