Afghanistan Campaign Military Medal
and Civilian Service Display Recognition

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      Military Branches

      Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy

      Replacement Types

      You have four display types to choose from:
      Black & White (No Color)
      Heavy Bond Enclosure

      Heavy Bond Enclosure
      Colors: Regal, Black, Navy
      Trimmed in Appearance Gold

      Ready for Mantle or Shelf Replacement

      Issue Requirements
      You must submit the following:

      • MILITARY: An unaltered photocopy of your DD-214 displaying your wartime Afghanistan service in excess of 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days. If Afghanistan Service is not displayed on your DD-214 you must provide a copy of your DD-214 -AND- a copy of other military issued documentation clearly displaying your military assignment to Afghanistan.
      • CIVILIAN: An unaltered photocopy of your agency/company deployment letter -AND- a photocopy of your passport page stamping your Government Issue to Afghanistan.
      • NOTICE

        This Replacement Recognition is available ONLY to authorized recipients who have already received their award and possess orders, or authorization form, or release documentation as confirmation. (See "Issue Requirements"). To obtain either a Replacement Medal or a Replacement Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

        You must NOT submit a military issued document or photocopy that:

        • has been altered in any way by you after
          the original's official issue
        • contains information or corrections or
          additions that you entered
        • lists awards or training you knowingly did not receive
        • contains highlighting, colorizing or other markings you entered

        Be advised that on request any knowingly fraudulent document sent by you will be released to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that may result in prosecution and/or fine/imprisonment.

        Email Questions, or Phone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

        Personnel Branch
        Processing and Delivery

        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $10.50 USPS $24.50
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $10.50 USPS $29.50
        Full Color Printable Certificates
        on CD-Rom (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $7.50 $7.50 By Count

      • Total/Shipping fees, above, apply to 50 U.S. states
      • Contact The War Library for international shipping cost
      • How to Apply

        You may apply for your Replacement Recognition using a...

      • Check Debit card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Charge card (* Shipped within 1 week)
      • Personal or Business Check ( Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • Money Order (* Shipped in 6 weeks)
      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your WD AGO 53-55 or other pre-arranged document(s).


        Mailing Address

        Records Chief (REC-AMW)
        The American War Library
        817 East Via Carmelitos Ste 319
        Long Beach CA 90805-7549


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        Email: Afghanistan Campaign Medal Replacement Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone: 1-562-422-4100 (Pacific Time Zone)

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        OBVERSE: Description: On a bronze metal 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in diameter above a range of mountains is a map of Afghanistan. Around the top is the inscription "AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN."

        SYMBOLISM: Mountains dominate the landscape of Afghanistan. The map of the country highlights the theater of operation and our commitment to Operation Enduring Freedom.

        REVERSE: Description: A radiating demi-sun superimposed by an eagle's head couped. Inscribed across the bottom half of the reverse side are the three lines "FOR SERVICE IN AFGHANISTAN" all enclosed by a laurel wreath.

        SYMBOLISM: The eagle, a symbol of the United States and the American spirit, is constantly vigilant, ready to defend freedom. The rising sun embodies a new start for Afghanistan and its road to a free and prosperous future. The laurel wreath is for honor and high achievement.

        RIBBON: The ribbon reflects the colors of the new Afghanistan flag and the red, white and blue represent the United States and its allies.

        Executive Order 13363 of November 29, 2005

        Establishing the Afghanistan Campaign Medal

        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 and Public Law 108 234, it is hereby ordered as follows:

        Section 1. Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

        There is hereby established the Afghanistan Campaign 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 Afghanistan Campaign Medal shall be awarded to members of the uniformed services of the United States who serve or have served in Afghanistan or contiguous air space, as defined by such regulations, on or after October 24, 2001, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.

        Sec. 3. Relationship to Other Awards.

        Notwithstanding section 1 of Executive Order 13289 of March 12, 2003, establishing the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, any member who qualified for that medal by reason of service in Afghanistan between October 24, 2001, and a terminal date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense, or in Iraq between March 19, 2003, and a terminal date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense, shall remain qualified for that medal. Upon application, a member by reason of service may be awarded either the Afghanistan Campaign Medal or the Iraq Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. A member may be awarded either the Afghanistan Campaign Medal or the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reason of service in Afghanistan. A member may be awarded either the Iraq Campaign Medal or the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reason of service in Iraq. No member shall be entitled to the award of more than one of these three medals for the same period of service.

        Federal Register / Vol. 69, No. 231 / Thursday, December 2, 2005 / Presidential Documents

        Sec. 4. Posthumous Award. The Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal may be awarded posthumously to any person covered by and under regulations prescribed in accordance with this order.

        THE WHITE HOUSE, November 29, 2005.

        Air Force Campaign Stars

      • Liberation of Afghanistan: 09/11/2001 to 11/30/2001
      • Consolidation I: 12/01/2001 to 09/30/2006
      • Consolidation II: 10/01/2006 to 11/30/2009
      • Consolidation III: 12/01/2009 to 06/30/2011
      • Transition I: 07/01/2011 to date to be determined.
      • Operation Freedom's Sentinel
      • To qualify for your first campaign star, you must spend 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days in country during one campaign period. But you can earn additional stars for subsequent campaign periods if you spend just one day in country during those periods. You are authorized to wear all three stars on your Afghanistan Campaign Medal.


        A directive issued by the Department of Defense April 16 designates three phases of Operation Enduring Freedom as qualifying for a campaign star:

        • Liberation of Afghanistan (Sept. 11, 2001 to Nov. 30, 2001)
        • Consolidation I (Dec. 1, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2006)
        • Consolidation II (Oct. 1, 2006 to TBD)

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