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Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Awarded by United States Department of Defense
Type Expeditionary Medal
Eligibility 11 September 2001–present
Awarded for overseas direct service to the Global War on Terrorism
Status Active
Statistics
Established EO 13289, 12 March 2003
First awarded 11 September 2001
Last awarded TBD
Precedence
Next (higher) Kosovo Campaign Medal
Next (lower) Afghanistan Campaign Medal



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The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (GWOTEM) is a

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See also

A similar medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, was created under the same Presidential Order that authorized the GWOT Expeditionary Medal. The primary difference between the two awards is that the service medal is intended for those who performed support duty within the United States, while the expeditionary medal recognizes those who were deployed to foreign countries. For those participating in multiple operations, both the GWOT Service and GWOT Expeditionary Medal may be authorized, but both medals can no longer be bestowed for the same qualifying period of service. The only exception is for service personnel who served in Iraq or Afghanistan prior to April 30, 2005. These personnel were awarded both the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.[9]

Expeditionary Medal and Service Medal

On April 30, 2005 the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal was discontinued for service within Iraq and Afghanistan, such service now being recognized with the Iraq Campaign Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Personnel who received the GWOTEM for previous service in these two regions may elect to exchange the GWOTEM or retain the original award. The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal may be awarded with the combat operation insignia for qualified sailors assigned to Marine Corps units. The War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal was designed by John Sproston of the Army's Institute of Heraldry.

Additionally, personnel who participated in Operation Nomad Shadow are eligible for the award.

The following bodies of water are also approved qualifying areas:[6]

The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal may be awarded for approved operations performed in any of the following geographical areas:[6]

The term "deployed status" indicates either temporary or permanent orders to a duty station outside the borders of the United States of America with such duty being in direct support of anti-terrorism operations. For a service member to receive the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, the deployment must also have taken place in a nation which is currently recognized as a base for anti-terrorism operations by the United States Department of Defense.[5]

To be awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, a military service member must perform duty in a deployed status and must participate in designated anti-terrorism operation for a period of either 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days of duty. For those who were engaged in combat, killed, or wounded in the line of duty, the time requirement is waived.[4]

Criteria

The Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal may also be awarded with the combat operation insignia for qualified sailors assigned to Marine Corps units, as well as the arrowhead device for qualified soldiers.

Any one of the six operations
Two of the six operations
Bronze star
Three of the six operations
Bronze star
Bronze star
Four of the six operations
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Five of the six operations
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
All six operations
Silver star

From the second operation that an individual participates in, a bronze 3/16" service star is worn on the service ribbon.

ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) (Afghanistan) – Sept. 11, 2001 to TBD.
IRAQI FREEDOM (OIF) – March 19, 2003 - August 31, 2010
NOMAD SHADOW (ONS) – November 5, 2007 - TBD
NEW DAWN (OND) – September 1, 2010 - December 31, 2011
INHERENT RESOLVE (OIR) – June 15, 2014 - TBD
FREEDOM'S SENTINEL (OFS) – January 1, 2015 - TBD

The following are the established operations for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal (retroactive until 11 SEP 2001):[2][3]

Operations

Contents

  • Operations 1
  • Criteria 2
  • Expeditionary Medal and Service Medal 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5

and now serves primarily as recognition for personnel who have deployed in support of the War on Terror to locations beyond Iraq and Afghanistan. Afghanistan Campaign Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal from September 11, 2001 to a date to be determined. Prior to April 30, 2005 the medal was awarded for service within Iraq and Afghanistan, but has been replaced with the War on Terror It recognizes those military service members who have deployed overseas in direct service to the [1]

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