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Instituted: June 2003
Authorized: Deputy Secretary of Defense
Issuing Country: ( NATO ) - NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
NATO Medal - ISAF (Afghanistan)
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Non - Article 5 NATO Medal - International Security Assistance Force (Afghanistan)

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has approved a Non-Article 5 NATO medal for personnel participating in NATO support operation International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. 

The Deputy Secretary of Defense has authorized the acceptance and wear of this medal by US military and US civilian members. Personnel eligible for this award are those member of units or staffs as set out in the Joint Operations Area (JOA) Combined Joint Statement of Requirements taking part in NATO operations in Afghanistan in accordance with the qualifying conditions. 

Entitlement will be acquired by those forces under NATO command or control while in the JOA, and those deployed to the JOA under national command in support of the NATO operation. The Afghanistan JOA is defined as the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan, according to ISAF operational plans. 

The period of qualifying service in the Afghanistan JOA is thirty (30) days continuous or accumulated service from 1 June 2003 to a termination date to be determined. Aircrew members will accumulate one day's service for the first sortie flown of any day; 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. 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 NON-ARTICLE 5 NATO MEDAL FOR SERVICE ON NATO-LED OPERATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN Authorisation. a. The North Atlantic Council has approved a Non-Article 5 NATO medal for personnel participating in NATO operations in Afghanistan. Eligibility Criteria. a. General. Personnel eligible for the award are those who are members of units or staffs, as set out in the JOA Combined Joint Statement of Requirements taking part in NATO operations in Afghanistan in accordance with the qualifying conditions. Entitlement will be acquired by those forces under NATO command or control whilst in the JOA, and those deployed to the JOA under national command in support of the NATO operation. b. Area of Operation. The Afghanistan JOA is delineated as the political boundaries and airspace of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) OPLAN 10302. The JOA includes Afghanistan and all neighbouring countries that have borders contiguous with Afghanistan, where the force build up will be carried out and host elements of the force that provide direct support. Posts outside of the JOA are not eligible for the medal. c. Qualifying Service. The qualifying period in the Afghanistan JOA is thirty (30) days continuous or accumulated service from 1 Jun 03 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 support, as well as combat aircraft; support aircraft to include tanker, airlift and surveillance platforms.