Authorized on May 11, 1942, the Air Medal is awarded for single acts of achievement after September 8, 1939 to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguishes him/herself by heroism, outstanding achievement or by meritorious service while participating in aerial flight.
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Air Medal Miniature (Marine Corps)
The front of the medal depicts a human right hand with open palm within a raised circle. At the top of the medal’s reverse is the raised inscription, “FOR HUMANITARIAN SERVICE” set in three lines. In the center is an oak branch with three acorns and leaves and, below this, is the raised circular inscription, “UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES” around the lower edge of the medal
Authorized on January 19, 1977 and awarded to Armed Forces personnel (including Reserve components) who, subsequent to April 1, 1975, distinguish themselves by meritorious direct participation in a DOD-approved significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature. According to regulations, the participation must be “hands-on” at the site of the operation; personnel assigned to staff functions geographically separated from the operation are not eligible for this medal. Service members must be assigned and/or attached to participating units for specific operations by official orders. Members who were present for duty at specific qualifying locations for the medal but who did not make a direct contribution to the action or operation are specifically excluded from eligibility. It should be noted that some of the earliest recipients of the Humanitarian Service Medal, e.g., for the evacuations of Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, would more likely be awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal in today’s environment.