Air Force Achievement Medal


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Air Force Achievement Medal

Air Force Achievement Medal . First of all, The Achievement Medal was first proposed as a means to recognize the contributions of junior officers and enlisted personnel who were not eligible to receive the higher Commendation Medal or the Meritorious Service Medal. as a result each military service issues its own version of the Achievement Medal, with a fifth version authorized by the U.S. Department of Defense for joint military activity.

While Air Force Achievement Medal is awarded for outstanding achievement or meritorious service that does not meet the requirements of the Air Force Commendation Medal. Place emphasis rather on award to junior officers and airmen whose achievements and service meet standards. Therefore do not award more than one AFAM during a 1-year period except under extraordinary circumstances.


Therefore this medal should not be awarded for aerial achievement or retirement.  So each military service issues its own version of the Achievement Medal, with a fifth version authorized by the U.S. Department of Defense for joint military activity.


Five different versions of the Achievement Medal are awarded: one for Joint Service, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard
Awarded by the United States Armed Forces
Type Medal (decoration)
Eligibility Military personnel only
Awarded for “Meritorious service or achievement in either combat or noncombat situations based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature but which does not warrant a Commendation Medal or higher.”
Status Currently awarded
Established U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps (1961)
U.S. Coast Guard (1963)
U.S. Army (1981)
U.S. Air Force (1981)
U.S. Joint Service (1983)
Next (higher) Commendation Medals
Next (lower) Navy and Marine Corps: Combat Action Ribbon
Army: Prisoner of War Medal
Air Force: Combat Action Medal
Coast Guard: Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon
Joint Service Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Achievement Medal ribbon.svg
Air Force Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal ribbon.svg U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medal ribbon.svg
Service ribbons for the Joint Service, Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, and Coast Guard Achievement Medals


V Device Attachment

As a result for a single event of valor, the Air Force commanders may authorize the “V” device.  The U.S. Air force has six different denotes to attach to the commendation medal.


Air Force Achievement Medal Recipients

In addition to these brave individuals who have conquered these tasks to gain this legendary award thank you!


CMsgt. Pamela A. Derrow

CMSgt Pamela Derrow

Distinguished Graduate, NCO Academy NCO Leadership School Levitow Award Winner.

  msgt       MSGT.  Jeffrey L. Hartman



Air Force Commendation MedalAir Force Achievement MedalNational Defense Service Medal


Deployment to Africa to support Navy P-3 Intel because gathering sorties for JTF LIBERIA.  Deployment to Batman AB.  Turkey to establish bare base comm.  In the first days of OIF Deployment to Jacobabad, Pakistan – expanded comm. support. Second rotation to base in support of OEF Deployment to Tallil (now Ali)AB, Iraq – helped establish the first Sq of Iraqi Air Force hence members after the toppling of the Saddam regime Tested/verified new UTC (6KTEA)comm. fly-away kit for USAFE. Validated vital initial comm. equipment. Received “Pat on the back” from inspectors.


Chief Master Sergeant     Charles L. Funkhouser


Meritorious Service MedalBronze StarAir Force Commendation Medal


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