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   Southwest Asia Service Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 1991
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Southwest Asia Service Medal
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  1. Authorized by Executive Order 12754 
  2. Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States serving within the specific area designated by the Secretary of Defense 
  3. Individuals authorized that award must have served in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD or DESERT STORM in one or more of the following areas from August 2, 1990 through November 30, 1995: 
  • the Persian Gulf, 
  • Red Sea, 
  • Gulf of Oman, 
  • Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 100 N latitude and west 680 E longitude, 
  • as well as the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.  
  1. Individuals serving in Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Syria and Jordan (including the airspace and territorial waters) directly supporting combat operations from January 17, 1991, through November 30, 1995, shall also be eligible for award of the medal. 
  2. Stars. One bronze service star shall be worn on the suspension and service ribbon of the Southwest Asia Service Medal for participation in each campaign period (i.e., an individual who participated in one campaign would wear the medal and/or service ribbon with one star). 
  • The first campaign period is designated as the “Defense of Saudi Arabia” with corresponding dates of August 2, 1990 through January 16, 1991. 
  • The second campaign is designated “Liberation and Defense of Kuwait” from January 17, 1991 to April 11, 1991. 
  • The third and final campaign, is designated the “Southwest Asia Cease Fire Campaign,” and extends from April 12, 1991, through November 30, 1995. Service members eligible for the SWASM based on participation in Operation PROVIDE COMFORT will wear the medal and service ribbon with star. 
  1. NOTE: Attaching Devices authorized by individual services:
  • 1. Marine Corps Device - denotes combat service with Marine Corps units