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DOD officials expand eligibility for expeditionary medal

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Department of Defense officials recently expanded the areas of eligibility for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

The approved additions are two countries - Morocco and Burkina Faso - and Operation Nomad Shadow, with an initial area of eligibility of Turkey and Northern Iraq.

In March 2003, President Bush approved the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for active-duty, Reserve and Guard servicemembers in recognition for their service in the global war on terrorism. To be eligible, individuals must have deployed abroad on or after Sept. 11, 2001, for service in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Servicemembers who qualify for both the Iraq Campaign Medal and the GWOT-EM during the same Operation Nomad Shadow deployment can be awarded either medal, but not both. Servicemembers are not entitled to more than one campaign or expeditionary medal for the same period of service.

For more information, Airmen can contact the 30th Force Support Squadron at 606-7828 or call the 24-hour Air Force Contact Center at (800) 616-3775.