WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The Department of Defense established campaign stars for Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). This is designed to recognize support delivered to OEF and OIF for seven different service stages.
In most cases this will correspond to more than one deployment, but the stars were not created to honor subsequent deployments. This initiative is in keeping with NAVADMIN 141/08, which is the basis for awarding the stars.
DoD established campaign stars for both the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (ACM) and the Iraq Campaign Medal (ICM).
"As both campaigns continued in duration, service members were serving more than one [deployment] in either Iraq or Afghanistan area of responsibility," said Navy Awards branch head Barbara Wilson. "However, based upon current criteria for either campaign medal, you were only authorized one medal regardless of how many times or how long the duration was that you served in either AOR.
"The campaign stars will recognize a service member's participation in the various campaigns associated with Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom on the ACM and ICM," said Wilson. "This NAVADMIN provides implementing guidance for the U.S. Navy."
Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for the ACM or ICM shall wear on campaign star on the suspension ribbon of the medal, and on the ribbon bar in recognition of their participation in the campaign phase of which the medal was awarded. Therefore, the ACM and ICM will always be awarded at least one campaign star.
An additional campaign star shall be worn for each one or more days or participation in each designated campaign phase. Only one star is authorized for each phase, regardless of the number of deployments made during any designated phase.
For active duty personnel, commanding officers exercising Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal authority are authorized to issue campaign stars for the ACM and ICM to Sailors and Marines assigned to their command that meet the criteria for the ACM and ICM.
The following phases are: Liberation of Afghanistan: Sept. 11, 2001 - Nov. 30, 2001; Consolidation I (Afghanistan): Dec. 1, 2001 - Sept. 30 2006; Consolidation II (Afghanistan): Oct. 1, 2006 - TBD; Liberation of Iraq: March 19, 2003 - May 1, 2003; Transition of Iraq: May 2, 2003 - June 28 2004; Iraqi Governance: June 9, 2004 - Dec. 15, 2005; National Resolution: Dec. 16, 2005 - TBD.
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