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a. Authorization. Established by the Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). As authorized by E.O. 11446, SECDEF ap.proved acceptance and wear on 25 July 1995.

b. Nato Medal Eligibility Requirements. The NATO Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served either 30 days (consecutive or cumulative) in the territory and airspace of the former Republic of Yugoslavia and the Adriatic Sea, or 90 days (consecutive or cumulative) in the area of operations. Two operations were approved for award:

(1) The former Republic of Yugoslavia and Adriatic Sea, between 1 July 1992 and 12 October 1998, including Operations DENY FLIGHT, MARITIME MONITOR, MARITIME GUARD, and SHARP GUARD.

(2) Kosovo Operations from 13 October 1998 to TBD, including ALLIED FORCE, JOINT GUARDIAN, ALLIED HARBOR, SUSTAIN/SHINING HOPE, NOBLE ANVIL, and Kosovo Task Forces. c. U.S. Armed Forces personnel may qualify for the NATO Medal under one or more of the following conditions:

(1) Served under NATO command in Headquarters, Allied Forces Southern Europe; Headquarters, Allied Naval Forces Southern Europe; Headquarters, Allied Air Forces Southern Europe; or HQ 5ATAF, and in direct support of NATO operations in the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

(2) Served under NATO command in other installations, within the area of operations and in direct support of NATO operations, as designated by Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR)

(3) Served under NATO operational command in the NATO Airborne Early Warning Force, or in ships assigned to specified operations.

(4) Served under NATO operational command in specified operations, or as NATO Liaison Officers.

d. Eligibility Determinations. Assigned units submit requests through their operational chain of command to COMUSNAVEUR or MARFOREUR. Include unit name, period of service in theater, anticipated date of departure from the theater, and name and grade of all eligible personnel.

e. Appropriate Wear. The NATO Medal presentation set may include a ribbon clasp denoting the specific operation for which the award was made. U.S. service members may retain the ribbon clasp if presented; however, wearing of the ribbon clasp with the NATO Medal or service ribbon is not authorized; only the basic medal or service ribbon is worn. A 3/16 inch bronze star is affixed to the suspension ribbon and service ribbon to denote subsequent awards.

Authorized Devices: Bronze Star
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