Nuclear Deterrence Operations
Service Medal

Display Recognition

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      Sample Display Recognition:
      US Air Force

      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 two display types to choose from:
      Heavy Bond Enclosure or Document Only for framing

      Heavy Bond Enclosure
      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 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal authorization.


      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.

      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 (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 $12.60 USPS $26.60
      Published Document in Heavy Bond Enclosure (Full Color) $19.00 $12.60 USPS $31.60
      Printable Certificates on CD-Rom or by Email;
      Full Color
      (minimum 20 Certificates)
      $7.50 $7.50 By Count

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      • (* Upon reception of required documentation)

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        The Secretary of the Air Force approved the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal on May 27, 2014 to recognize direct support to nuclear deterrence operations. The medal is authorized for Airmen who directly impacted the Nuclear Enterprise. The NDOSM may be awarded retroactively to Dec. 27, 1991 to fully-qualified Airmen.

        Order of Precedence: The NDOSM shall be worn immediately after the Air and Space Campaign Medal and before the Overseas Ribbon Short tour.


        The NDOSM (basic) may be awarded to Airmen who, while assigned, attached, deployed or mobilized to a unit (wing, center or below), provided support to the Nuclear Enterprise for 120 consecutive or 179 non-consecutive days, and one of the following:

      • Were subject to a Nuclear Inspection
      • Performed duties in nuclear operations to include nuclear weapon storage facilities, nuclear command, control, and communication (NC3), cyber surety, security, safety, transportation, maintenance, facility management and maintenance, explosive ordnance disposal, aircrew certified for support to nuclear operations, weapons loaders, warning and attack assessment, personnel reliability program (PRP) management, or research, development and acquisition of nuclear systems.
      • The medal may be awarded posthumously and may be presented to appropriate representatives of the deceased.


        The front of the NDOSM has a laurel wreath surmounted by a nuclear symbol with a star bearing a disc in the center. The reverse has a circular inscription, "NUCLEAR DETERRENCE OPERATIONS SERVICE," a triangle between the first and last words, the U.S. Air Force "Hap Arnold" symbol and between its wings, the inscription "U.S. AIR FORCE."


        The ribbon is predominantly blue with yellow, green and red stripes from left to right and right to left within each edge.


        Authorized devices are the N device and the Oak Leaf Cluster.

        An N device will be worn on the NDOSM for Airmen who for 179 non-consecutive days performed duties:

        Within the missile complex in direct support of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile operations in Missile Maintenance (21MX, 2M0XX),
        Munitions and Maintenance (2W0XX, 2W1XX, 2W2XX),
        Security Forces (31PX, 3P0XX),
        Services (3M0XX),
        Fuels (2F0XX),
        Transportation (2T1XX, 2T3XX),
        Civil Engineering (32EX, 3EXXX),
        Cyberspace Support (3D1X1, 3D1X2, 3D1X3, 3D100),
        Operations (11HXC, 13NX, 1A9X1,
        and 13SX officers on or before Feb. 9, 2013)
        or Missile Facility Manager (8S000) in direct support of nuclear laden aircraft to include nuclear certified aircrew, aircraft maintenance technicians, munitions maintenance technicians, combat crew communications, nuclear certified controllers, and security forces performing guard duties.

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