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   NATO Medal - Active Endeavor
Service: ALL
Instituted: October 2001
Authorized: Deputy Secretary of Defense
Issuing Country: ( NATO ) - NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
NATO Medal - Active Endeavor
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Description:
  1. Article 5 NATO Medal (Operation Active Endeavour)
  • The NATO Medal for Operation Active Endeavour was approved by the North Atlantic Council for members who participated in NATO's operation in the international waters of the Mediterranean Sea, and the airspace above it, following the terrorist attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001. The operation began on 26 October 2001 and is open to a date to be determined. The Deputy Secretary of Defense approved the acceptance and wear of the medal for US military and US civilian personnel. Eligible personnel are those serving, either as individuals or as part of an element of the Standing Naval Force (SNF). STANAVFORMED and STANAVFORLANT are the NATO components taking part in this operation. The qualifying period in the Area of Operations is 30 days continuous or accumulated service from 26 October 2001 and a date to be determined. Aircrew members will accumulate one day's service for the first sortie flown of any day in the Area of Operation; additional sorties flown on the same day receive no further credit. This requirement exists for support as well as combat aircraft; support aircraft includes tanker, airlift and surveillance platforms. Members will wear the first NATO medal awarded, and will wear a bronze service star for any subsequent medal awarded for a different operation. Subsequent deployments in support of the same operation will not be awarded. Members are authorized to retain the ribbon clasp if presented; however the wearing of the ribbon clasp with the NATO Medal is not authorized for US military members


Background:

NATO Medal

The NATO Medal is awarded by the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to military and civilian members of the Armed Forces of the United States who participate in designated NATO operations.

  1. a. Eligibility. The following missions/operations have been approved by the Secretary of Defense, for acceptance and wear:
  • (1) Operations related to the former Republic of Yugoslavia (14 November 1995 to a date to be determined).
  • (2) Operations related to Kosovo (13 October 1998 to a date to be determined).
  • (3) Operation EAGLE ASSIST (12 October 2001 to 16 May 2002).
  • (4) Operation ACTIVE ENDEAVOR (26 October 2001 to a date to be determined).
  • (5) International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (1 June 2003 to a date to be determined).
  • (6) Operations in the Balkans (1 January 2003 to a date to be determined).
  1. Acceptance. Acceptance of the NATO Medal has been approved for U.S. military personnel who serve under NATO command or operational control in direct support of the above NATO operations.
  2. Presentation. The NATO Medal will normally be presented by the Allied Command Europe headquarters exercising operational command or control over U.S. military units or individuals prior to their departure from service with NATO.
  3. Medal set. The medal set includes a ribbon clasp denoting the specific operation for which the award was made. U.S. service members are authorized to retain the ribbon clasp presented but may not wear the clasp. Only the basic medal and service ribbon are authorized for wear on the uniform.
  4. Subsequent awards. Subsequent awards (if approved by the Secretary of Defense) for service in a different NATO operation, U.S. military personnel will affix a bronze service star to the NATO Medal suspension ribbon and service ribbon.
  5. Precedence. The NATO Medal will have the same precedence as the United Nations Medal, but will rank immediately below the United Nations Medal when the wearer has been awarded both medals.

excerpt from ACO 40-8

SUPREME HEADQUARTERS ALLIED POWERS EUROPE ACO DIRECTIVE NUMBER 40-8 DATED 15 MAY 2007 ARTICLE 5 NATO MEDAL FOR SERVICE ON NATO OPERATION ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR Authorisation. a. The North Atlantic Council has approved an Article 5 NATO medal for Operation "ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR". b. In response to the terrorist attack on the United States on 11 Sep 01, a NATO operation was authorised on 26 Oct 01, in accordance with Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, in the Eastem Mediterranean called Operation "ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR". This was later expanded on 5 Mar 03 to cover the Straits of Gibraltar (STROG),and again in Oct 04 to cover the whole of the Mediterranean Sea. Eligibility Criteria. a. General. Eligible personnel are those serving, either as individuals or as part of an element of the forces, in accordance with OPLAN 10708. Those under both NATO and national command, or control, available to the Commander of Task Force ENDEAVOUR (TFE) and Task Group STROG (TGS), and only whilst in the Area of Operation will be entitled to the award. b. Area of Operations. Operation "ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR" is conducted in the international Sea, and STROG, and in the waters of the Mediterranean airspace above it within the Area of Operation as detailed in OPLAN 10708, paragraph5a(2) (noting also paragraph 1b) also CC-Mar Naples OPLAN 43708. c. Qualifying Service. The qualifying period in the Area of Operations is thirty (30) days continuous or accumulated service from 26 Oct 01 and a termination date, which will be notified in a supplementary document. d. Aircrew. Aircrew will accumulate one day's service for the first sortie flown of any day in the Area of Operations; additional sorties flown on the same day receive no further credit. This requirement exists for combat aircraft, as well as support aircraft to include tanker, airlift and surveillance platforms.