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Air Force Cross

Authorized by Section 8742 of title 10, U.S.C., "Air Force Cross: Award," (reference (ddd)).

Air Force Cross Medal is awarded pursuant to Section 8742 of title 10, U.S.C. (reference (ddd)) to Service members who, while serving in any capacity with
the U.S. Air Force, distinguish themselves by extraordinary heroism not
justifying the award of the MOH under any of the following circumstances:

While engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States.

While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing
foreign force.

While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict
against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

Release and distribute individual Service member’s rank, name, title of award
and legal residence/domicile (voting district and state or city and state as determined by the Military Department concerned) to the Service member’s Congressional delegation (Senate and House) when certain decorations are awarded. This policy shall apply when the Service member is awarded one
of the following medals from the DoD or their respective branch of service:

The Air Force Cross.

Release and distribution of the information in paragraph C1.4.5.4., shall be

When it will not present a compromise to National Security, ongoing military operations, or the overall security of the DoD. If the awardee is serving in an intelligence, counterintelligence, special mission or security position, and/or involved in sensitive programs or operations or is in a unit or a position that frequently or regularly deploys overseas, the above mentioned information
will not be released without concurrence from the appropriate Service Intelligence/Security Office.

When it will not create an undue risk to the privacy and security of the
awardees and their families. Where such a risk is possible, the information
may be denied.

Only after official announcement or presentation of the award occurs. This
is to prevent premature disclosure which could minimize the impact of ceremonies.

With the following statement attached:

The information contained herein is provided to
Congress in the event members wish to convey
congratulations to valorous Service members.
Geographic locations or units of assignment of
awardees, while not classified, may potentially
expose the member to risk if the information is
publicized openly, or released without attention to

The citation and certificate of the awards listed in paragraph C1.4.5.4., will
not be forwarded to Congress unless specifically requested by a Member of Congress. Upon receipt of requests for additional information such as
information on all awards, decorations, or citations, the Services shall conduct
a security and privacy review and obtain concurrence to release from
appropriate Service Intelligence/Security officials, as well as their Privacy
Office. In those situations where Services believe there could be a risk or a compromise to national security, the information will be sanitized by removing
or rewording the identifying particulars or the release may be denied. This
applies to all requests for award citations listed in paragraph C1.4.5.4. The
Office of USD(I) is available to assist Service Intelligence/Security officials
in review of those releases where security and potential compromise of intelligence-related information is an issue. The cover statement put forth in paragraph C1. must accompany all citation and certificate information provided to Congress.

Authorized Devices: Bronze Oak Leaf, Silver Oak Leaf


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