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  • Description of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal including award criteria and image for referencing.



    Details of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal service medal of the United States military.





    Picture of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal medal

    Picture of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal ribbon


    Date Authorized: December 4th, 1961

    Ribbon Colors: yellow; green; brown; black; blue; white; red


    Description (Ribbon):

    The ribbon is multi-banded; the color pattern is green-to-yellow-to-black-to-light blue with a thinner set of bands at center, this being blue-to-white-to-red; the former color bands are repeated in reverse order heading away from the center of the ribbon.


    Description (Medal):

    Rounded bronze medal suspended by loop ring to ribbon; at center is 3/4 view of an eagle with open wings, clasping a sword in its talons; the sword is in a scabbard, partly out; the eagle is superimposed on an eight-pointed star with a sunburst visible just behind; above the scene are the words "Armed Forces" and below the scene are the words "Expeditionary Service"; a sprig of laurel separate the two phrases at either side of the medal; REVERSE: A shield representing the United States Coat of Arms; below the shield are two laurel branches; a bullet minie ball separate the two branches; arched across the top of the medal are the words "United States of America".


    Award Criteria:

    Awarded to service personnel participating with a US military unit after July 1st, 1958. Personnel would have particpated in a military operation of "significant numbers" and having encountered "armed opposition" or the threat thereof. The medal can be authorized for a US military operation, a US military operation in support of the UN or a US military operation in support of a foreign US ally. This particular medal is awarded only when there is no other campaign medal available.