Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
Display Recognition

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      • Sample Display Recognition:
        Displayed: Army.
        All Five Service Branches, Army, Coast Guard,
        Marine and Navy are Applicable.



        Military Branches

        All Military Service branches are applicable:
        Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy

        Who May Apply

        • Veteran recipients
        • Active Duty recipients
        • Family Members of recipients
        • Estate Inheritors

        Display 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 Display

        Issue Requirements
        You must submit the following:

      • An unaltered photocopy of your DD-214, WD AGO, NAVPERS, NG or other military issued document clearly displaying your Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal authorization.
      • NOTICE

        This Display Recognition is available ONLY to authorized recipients who possess orders, or authorization form, or release documentation that confirms award eligibility. (See "Issue Requirements"). To obtain either a Display or a Display Recognition for your authorized award you will be required to provide military-issued documentation authorizing your award. There are no exceptions.

        WARNING!
        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: 562-422-4100

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        Processing and Delivery

        Style Admin Shipping Total
        Full Color .PDF (Printable) $7.50 Emailed $7.50
        Published Document only (Full Color) $14.00 $8.35 $22.35
        Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $8.35 $27.35
        Printable Certificates on CD-Rom;
        Full Color
        (minimum 20 Certificates)
        $7.50 $8.35 By Count

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      • How to Apply

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

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

        Complete and MAIL this APPLICATION FORM.
        Don't forget to include an unaltered COPY of your DD-214, WD AGO 53-55 or other pre-arranged document(s).

        DISPLAY RECOGNITION and/or APPLICATION FORM

        Mailing Address

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

        Questions?

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        Email: Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal Display Recognition Inquiry

        Telephone 1-562-422-4100

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        Issue Regulations
        Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal


        Click Certificate for larger image

        a. Authorization. E.O. of 30 March 2016.
        b. Eligibility Requirements.

        (1) Service by military personnel in direct support of OIR, in the designated Area of Eligibility (AOE), which encompasses all land area of the countries of Iraq and Syria, the contiguous water out to 12 nautical miles, and all air space above these waters and land area.

        (2) The period of eligibility is from 15 June 2014 to a date to be determined. Service Members who qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) between 15 June 2014 and 30 March 2016 within the IRCM AOE remain qualified for the GWOTEM. However, any such Service Members may elect the IRCM in lieu of the GWOTEM for such service provided they meet the eligibility criteria. Effective 31 March 2016, the IRCM is the only award authorized for service in the IRCM AOE.

        (3) Service Members must have been permanently assigned, attached, or detailed to a unit operating in the AOE for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days, or meet one of the following criteria:

      • (a) Be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of time in the AOE.
      • (b) Be wounded, killed, or injured while participating inan operation or on official duties that required medicalevacuation from the AOE. Non-combat medical evacuation does meetthe qualification criteria.
      • (c) Participate as a regularly assigned aircrew member flying sorties into, out of, within, or over the AOE in directsupport of military operations. Each day that one or moresorties are flown into, out of, within, or over the AOE shallcount as one day toward the 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutiveday requirement.
      • (4) Under no condition shall personnel or units receive the IRCM, GWOTEM, or Afghanistan Campaign Medal for the same action, time period, or service (i.e., single deployment or tour in designated operation area).
      • (5) U.S. Public Health Service Officers are eligible for the IRCM on the same basis as members of the Armed Forces.
      • (6) Civilian and foreign personnel are not eligible for the IRCM.
      • c. Order of Precedence. The IRCM is worn after the Iraq Campaign Medaland before the GWOTEM.

        d. Subsequent Awards.

      • (1) Service Members are only presented the IRCM upon initial award.
      • (2) A separate bronze campaign star is worn on the IRCM ribbon to recognize each designated campaign phase in which a Service Member participated for one or more days. The currently approved IRCM campaign phases and inclusive dates are:
        (a) Abeyance: 15 Jun 2014 - 24 Nov 2015
        (b) Intensification: 25 Nov 2015 - TBD
      • e. Authorized Devices.

      • (1) Campaign Stars. A bronze 3/16 inch five-pointed star.
      • (2) FMF Combat Operations Insignia. A miniature bronze Marine Corps emblem authorized by the Secretary of the Navy for U.S. Navy Service Members assigned to Marine Corps units that participate in combat during the assignment
      • f. Awarding Authority

      • (1) Navy Personnel. Commanding Officers exercising Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal awarding authority are authorized to award the IRCM and bronze campaign stars. Commands shall make the appropriate service record entries and issue the medals and bronze campaign stars. The service record entry made at the time of the initial award of the IRCM will also serve to authorize the first campaign star. Additional campaign stars require a subsequent service record entry documenting the first day of qualifying service in that designated phase for the IRCM. Commanding Officers whose entire unit meets the criteria for the IRCM must submit the unit name and UIC with start and end dates in the AOE to CNO (DNS -35). Navy personnel attached to DoD, Joint, or other non-DON commands who believe they meet the eligibility criteria should have their command confirm eligibility and submit the appropriate service record documentation. Questions regarding eligibility should be addressed to Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (DNS-35), 2000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 20350-2000.

        (2) Marine Corps Personnel. Commanding Officers exercising Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal awarding authority are authorized to award the IRCM and bronze campaign stars. Commands shall make appropriate entries in the Marine Corps Total Force System (MCTFS) and service record, and issue the medals and bronze campaign stars. The service record entry made at the time of the initial award will also serve to authorize the first campaign star. Additional campaign stars require a subsequent service record entry documenting the first day of qualifying service in that designated phase for the IRCM. Marines attached to DoD, Joint, or other non-USMC commands who believe they meet the eligibility criteria should have their command confirm eligibility and submit the appropriate MCTFS and service record documentation. Questions regarding eligibility should be addressed to Commandant of the Marine Corps (MMMA), 2008 Elliot Rd, Quantico, VA 22134-5030.

        BACKGROUND

        The Secretary of Defense announced the creation of the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal. The IRCM provides distinct recognition to those service members who are serving, or have served, in Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace on or after June 15, 2014, to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense. Award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal previously authorized to recognize service in Iraq and Syria for Operation Inherent Resolve is hereby terminated.

        CRITERIA

        The IRCM shall be awarded to each Service member who, on or after June 15, 2014, was permanently assigned, attached, or detailed for 30 consecutive days or 60 non-consecutive days to a unit operating in the area of eligibility, or who meets one of the following criteria regardless of time spent in the AOE:

      • -Was engaged in combat during an armed engagement
      • -While participating in an operation or on official duties was killed or wounded/injured and medically evacuated from the AOE
      • The AOE encompasses the land area of the countries of Iraq and Syria, the contiguous waters of each extending out to 12 nautical miles, and the air space above the land area and contiguous waters. Aircrew members accrue one day of eligibility for each day they fly into, out of, within, or over the AOE. The IRCM is not authorized for foreign military personnel.

        MEDAL DESCRIPTION

        The decorated star panels are common in the Arabian and Moorish styles of ornament. A scorpion is a symbol for treachery and destructive forces. The eagle is a national emblem and ancient symbol of power and victory. The color combination in the ribbon was inspired by The Ishtar Gate and the color of sand.

        A separate bronze campaign star is worn on the IRCM suspension and campaign ribbon to recognize each designated campaign phase in which the member participated for one or more days. A silver campaign star is worn in lieu of five bronze campaign stars.

        Award Retroactive

        The award is retroactive to June 15, 2014.


        Executive Order Establishing The Inherent Resolve 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, it is hereby ordered as follows:

        Section 1. Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal. There is hereby established the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal with suitable appurtenances. Except as limited in section 2 of this order, and under regulations to be prescribed 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 Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal shall be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who serve or have served in Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace on or after June 15, 2014, and before a terminal date to be prescribed by the Secretary of Defense.

        Sec. 2. 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 Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace between June 15, 2014, 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 in Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace may be awarded the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. A member may be awarded either the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal or the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reason of service in Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace. No member shall be entitled to the award of more than one of these two medals for the same period of service.

        Sec. 3. Posthumous Award. The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal may be awarded posthumously to any person covered by and under regulations prescribed in accordance with the first section of this order.

        Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

        (i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

        (ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

        1. This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. 2. This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

        BARACK OBAMA

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