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   Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Service: Coast Guard
Instituted: 1963
Authorized: DOD 1348-33-M
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
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Description:
  1. Authorized by the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, January 1, 1963.
  2. Awarded by the Commandant to any U.S. Coast Guard unit that distinguished itself by valorous or extremely meritorious service in support of U.S. Coast Guard operations. Such operations are noncombatant in nature and are considered outstanding when compared to other units performing similar service. The Coast Guard Unit Commendation may be awarded to other units of the Armed Forces provided such units meet the standards established by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  3. The Operational Distinguishing Device (silver letter “O”) may be worn on the Service ribbon of the Coast Guard Unit Commendation when authorized. Gold stars are worn to denote subsequent awards.
  4. On January 2, 1990, the Commandant approved the awarding of unit commendations to civilian personnel when appropriate.


Background:
  1. The Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation may be awarded by the Commandant (or designated subordinate awarding authorities) to any unit of the Coast Guard for valorous or meritorious achievement or service in support of Coast Guard operations not involving combat. The performance of duty must render the unit outstanding when compared to other units performing similar service but not of such a nature to merit award of the Coast Guard Unit Commendation.
  2. This award may be conferred by the Commandant upon units of other branches of the Armed Forces of the United States, provided they meet the standards established for Coast Guard units. To justify this award, the service performed must be comparable to that which would merit the award of at least the Coast Guard Achievement Medal to an individual.