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   GWOT Expeditionary Medal
Service: ALL
Instituted: 12 March 2003
Authorized: E.O. dtd 12 March 2003
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
GWOT Expeditionary Medal
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Devices
Description:
  1. Recognizes servicemembers who participate in an expedition to combat terrorism on or after Sept. 11, 2001
  2. This is limited to those who deploy as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
  3.  
  • 1. Specific eligibility for these medals will be established by DoD award policy. The combatant commander has the authority to award the medals for approved operations to units and personnel deployed within his or her theater. Each service department will prescribe the appropriate regulations for processing and wearing of the medals.
  • 2. Members of the U.S. armed forces and Coast Guard are eligible for the medals to include Reserve and National Guard activated to support approved operations.
  • 3. Civilians, foreign nationals and foreign military are not eligible.
  • 4. Future authorization for these medals will be considered and approved by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff if the war on terrorism expands

 



Background:
  1. Establishing the Global War on Terrorism Medals By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including my authority as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
  • Section 1. Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. There is hereby established the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with suitable appurtenances. Except as limited in section 3 of this order, and under uniform regulations to be prescribed by the Secretaries of the military departments and approved by the Secretary of Defense, or under regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal shall be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who serve or have served in military expeditions to combat terrorism, as defined by such regulations, on or after September 11, 2001, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.
  • Sec. 2. Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. There is hereby established the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal with suitable appurtenances. Except as limited in section 3 of this order, and under uniform regulations to be prescribed by the Secretaries of the military departments and approved by the Secretary of Defense, or under regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when it is not operating as a service in the Navy, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal shall be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who serve or have served in military operations to combat terrorism, as defined by such regulations, on or after September 11, 2001, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.
  • Sec. 3. Relationship to Other Awards. Notwithstanding section 3 of Executive Order 10977 of December 4, 1961, establishing the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and section 3 of Executive Order 12985 of January 11, 1996, establishing the Armed Forces Service Medal, any member who qualified for those medals by reason of service in operations to combat terrorism between September 11, 2001, and a terminal date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense, shall remain qualified for those medals. Upon application, any such member may be awarded either the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal or the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal in lieu of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or the Armed Forces Service Medal, but no person may be awarded more than one of these four medals by reason of service in the same approved Global War on Terrorism expedition or operation to combat terrorism, and no person shall be entitled to more than one award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal or the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
  • Sec. 4. Posthumous Award. The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal may be awarded posthumously to any person covered by and under regulations prescribed in accordance with the first or second sections of this order.
  • Sec. 5. Nothing in this Executive Order shall be construed for any purpose as fixing, or authorizing the fixing of, the dates of initiation or termination of armed hostilities between the United States and terrorists of global reach.

GEORGE W. BUSH THE WHITE HOUSE, March 12, 2003.

RIBBON: Scarlet, white, and blue represent the United States. Light blue refers to worldwide cooperation against terrorism, gold denotes excellence.

FRONT: A bronze color metal disc charged with a shield adapted from the Great Seal of the United States surmounting two swords hilts to base saltirewise enclosed within a wreath of laurel; overall an eagle with wings displayed, grasping in its claws a serpent. The shield and eagle represent the United States. The swords denote readiness and resolve to fight international terrorism, wich is symbolized by the serpent crushed in the eagle's claws. The wreath denotes honor and achievement.

REVERSE: The eagle, serpent and swords from the front of the medal within the encircling inscription "War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal".

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE No. NR-042-15

February 09, 2015

 Department of Defense Authorizes Service Stars on the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal 

The Department of Defense announced today that effective immediately, service members are authorized to wear Service Stars on their Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medals (GWOT-EM) to represent deployments in support of approved GWOT operations.

Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing the new policy change retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001.

Only one GWOT-EM is awarded for each approved operation. For example, a service member who was awarded the medal for an Operation Enduring Freedom deployment, and is subsequently authorized a second award for an Operation Inherent Resolve deployment would wear a single Service Star on the GWOT-EM to denote both awards.

The five GWOT-EM approved operations are:

*Operation                                      Inclusive Dates*

ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF)  Sep 11, 2001  TBD
IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF)               Mar 19, 2003  Aug 31, 2010
NOMAD SHADOW (ONS)          Nov 5, 2007  TBD
NEW DAWN (OND)                     Sep 1, 2010  Dec 31, 2011
INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR)     June 15, 2014  TBD

The list of associated areas of eligibility for each approved GWOT-EM operation is available at: http://prhome.defense.gov/RFM/MPP/OEPM/Functions [ http://prhome.defense.gov/RFM/MPP/OEPM/Functions?source=GovDelivery ].