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Qualified Airmen can request Afghan, Iraq campaign medal stars

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- A recent memorandum from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense provides guidance on the wear of campaign stars on both Afghanistan and Iraq campaign medals.

The campaign stars recognize service members for participating in designated campaign phases within the areas of responsibility for both awards.

Campaign stars for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal shall be worn on the campaign ribbon for one or more days of participation in either the Liberation of Afghanistan from Sept. 11 to Nov. 30, 2001; Consolidation I from Dec. 1, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2006; and Consolidation II from Oct. 1, 2006 until a date to be determined.

Campaign stars for the Iraq Campaign Medal shall be worn for one or more days of participation in either the Liberation of Iraq from March 19 to May 1, 2003; the Transition of Iraq from May 2, 2003 to June 28, 2004; Iraqi Governance from June 29, 2004 to Dec. 15, 2005; and National Resolution from Dec. 16, 2005 until a date to be determined.

Individuals qualify for the stars upon service in the AOE for 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days, and must provide official source documentation to confirm their participation in the AOE. Approved decorations, performance reports or travel vouchers can be used as official documentation.

If an individual's initial inclusive period of deployment overlaps one or more of the approved campaign phases, the Airman will be entitled to the appropriate number of campaign stars.

Active duty members, Guard, Reserve and veterans who have qualified for either of these awards can report to their military personnel element career enhancement section and have their campaign entitlements updated to their records. Individuals with questions should address them to their local MPEs.

More information can be found at or by calling the Air Force Contact Center at 1-800-616-3775.