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Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

The U.S. Army Medal was authorized by the Secretary of War on January 12, 1918 and subsequently authorized by Congress through the "Fiscal Year 1919 Army Appropriations Act," July 9, 1918. The U.S. Navy medal is authorized
by Section 6243 of title 10, U.S.C. (reference (eee)). The basis for the U.S. Air Force medal is the legislation authorizing the U.S. Army medal; the U.S. Air Force design change was done in 1961. The U.S. Coast Guard medal is authorized by Section 492 of title 14, U.S.C. (reference (fff)).

Awarded pursuant to Section 3743 of title 10, U.S.C. (U.S. Army Service members) (reference (ggg)), Section 6243 of reference (eee) (U.S. Navy and
U.S. Marine Corps Service members), Section 8743 of reference (hhh)
(U.S. Air Force Service members), and Section 492 of title 14, U.S.C.
(reference (fff)) (U.S. Coast Guard Service members). The Distinguished
Service Medal is awarded to Service members who, while serving in any
capacity of the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility.

Authorized Devices: Bronze Oak Leaf, Silver Oak Leaf


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