Remote Combat Effects
Campaign Medal

Display Recognition

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      Sample Display Recognition

      Military Branches

      United States Air Force

      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 Remote Combat Effects Campaign 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 $12.60 USPS 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 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 in 6 weeks)
      • (* 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).


        Mailing Address

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


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        Email: Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal Display Recognition Inquiry

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

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        Issue Regulations
        Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal

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        Established by then-Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, the creation of the Remote combat Effects Campaign Medal (RCECM) is part of a continuing effort to recognize U.S. Air Force military members in a non-deployed status who directly participated in a Department of Defense combat operation from a remote location.

        The RCECM will be awarded to Airmen serving in remotely piloted aircraft, cyber, space and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance career fields, who create direct combat effects from remote locations and lead to strategic outcomes or the delivery of lethal force. In some circumstances, Airmen from other career fields may be considered for the RCECM, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


      • Enduring Freedom, Sept. 11, 2001 - to be determined
      • Iraqi Freedom, March 29, 2003 - Aug. 31, 2010
      • New Dawn, Sept. 1, 2010 - Dec. 31, 2011
      • Nomad Shadow, Nov. 5, 2007 - TBD
      • Freedom's Sentinel, Jan. 1, 2015 - TBD
      • Inherent Resolve, June 15, 2014 - TBD
      • Odyssey Lightning, Aug. 1, 2016 - Dec. 19, 2016
      • Pacific Eagle - Philippines, Oct. 5, 2017 - TBD
      • Airmen who have received a DoD or Air Force campaign or expeditionary medal or ribbon for the same period of service are not eligible to receive the RCECM.


        Service members may be awarded the RCECM for actions completed on or after Sept. 11, 2001, while also serving under the following conditions:

      • Was assigned or attached to a unit directly supporting a DOD combat operation as approved by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force,
      • Was serving in a remotely piloted aircraft; cyber; space; or Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance career field,
      • Personally provided hands-on employment of a weapon system that had direct and immediate impact on a named combat operation ("hands-on" defined as employment of a weapons system, including remote employment, or other activities that had a direct, immediate and on-site effect on the outcome of an engagement or similar operation), and
      • Was not physically exposed to hostile actions or at risk of exposure to hostile action.
      • Airmen will wear the first Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal awarded and will wear a bronze service star for any subsequent medal awarded to recognize each qualifying DOD combat operation in which the Airman participated for one or more days.


        The medal bears a bronze color 1 & 1/4 inch metal disc bearing a starburst. The starburst behind the grid-lined sphere conveys power and the ability to remotely effect the battlefield, anywhere in the world. The delta followed by the contrail portrays the remotely piloted aircraft and weapons systems. The Hap Arnold symbol denotes the U.S. Air Force. The reverse bears a circular inscription, "COMBAT EFFECTS CAMPAIGN" above, and "UNITED STATES AIR FORCE" below, and a "Hap Arnold" symbol above a stacked inscription that reads "REMOTE COMBAT SUPPORT". A pair of beveled deltas flank the circular inscription.


        The ribbon is predominantly blue, with a wide light blue center stripe flanked on either side by a narrow white stripe. The colors represent the U.S. Air Force.


        Bronze Service Star

        Weighted Airman Promoted System Points: 0

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