- Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
Infobox Military Award
name=Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
caption=Air Force Expeditionary Ribbon with and without gold border
Department of the Air Force
caption2=The Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (AFESR) is a military decoration of the
United States Air Forcewhich was first created in June of 2003. The decoration is awarded to any member of the Air Force who completes a standard contingency deployment.
The regulations of the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon define a deployment as either forty five consecutive days or ninety non-consecutive days in a deployed status. Temporary duty orders also qualify towards the ninety day time requirement. For deployments exceeding 45-90 days, a single Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon will be awarded for the entire time frame rather than issuing multiple awards for the same period of deployed service.
For those service members who serve in designated combat zones while deployed (with or without actually participating in actual combat), a
gold frame, which the Air Force refers to as a gold border, may be attached to the AFESR basic ribbon. The gold border is issued as a one time decoration only, regardless of the number of combat operations in which a service member is involved. The gold border is also awarded for personnel who are deployed to a combat area, but perform support roles which entitle the service member to "hazardous duty pay."
The Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border may also be awarded to certain "over-the horizon" combat assignments, such as unmanned aerial vehicle operators for employing a long range weapon into a combat zone. It is therefore possible to earn the gold border even when stationed at a secure military installations in the United States geographically separated from the battlefield by thousands of miles. Such personnel, however, must have first earned the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon before the ribbon can be upgraded with a gold border.
Additional awards of the Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon are denoted by
oak leaf clustersand the award is retroactive to October 1, 1999. Those receiving the decoration may also qualify for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medalor the Armed Forces Service Medal.
Ultramarine Blue indicates worldwide deployment. Light blue represents Air Force capability. Scarlet and Air Force Yellow signify respectively sacrifice and excellence. White denotes integrity and with Scarlet and Blue refers to the United States.
* [http://www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/Awardsnet/Decoration.aspx?Decoration=AFESR Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon]
* [http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?storyID=123005685 New ribbon recognizes deployed airmen] , Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs, 9/26/2003
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