The Military Service Medals of
SrA Louis Shawn Kirchdorfer
US Air Force 1991-1997





Air Force Commendation Medal

The Air Force Commendation Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States below the grade of Brigadier General who, while serving in any capacity with the Air Force, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement, or by meritorious service not of a sufficient nature to justify a higher award..


Air Force Achievement Medal

The Air Force Achievement Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States (and to foreign military personnel) below the grade of colonel who, while serving in any capacity with the Air Force distinguish themselves by outstanding achievement or meritorious service but not to the extent that would warrant the award of a Commendation Medal.


Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

The Outstanding Unit Award may be awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units such as Air Forces, Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, and Squadrons and to Medical Facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and medical centers (whether or not they are numbered) for exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. Heroism may be involved, but is not essential. The service or achievement may be in any of the following areas: - Performing exceptionally meritorious service of national or international significance. - Accomplishing specific acts of outstanding achievement of national or international significance. - Combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States. - Military operations involving conflict with or exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force.


Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

The Organizational Excellence Award may be awarded in the name of the Secretary of the Air Force to units of the Air Force for achievements and accomplishments that do not meet the eligibility requirements of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. The distinction between units that quality for the Outstanding Unit Award and the Organizational Excellence Award is based on level of organization.


Air Force Good Conduct Medal

The Air Force Good Conduct Medal is awarded to active duty enlisted members of the Air Force for exemplary conduct during a specified period of military service (normally three years in peacetime).


National Defense Service Medal

The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service during the current War on Terrorism. In addition, all members of the National Guard and Reserve who were part of the Selected Reserve in good standing between August 2, 1990, to November 30, 1995, are eligible for the National Defense Service Medal.


Overseas Service Ribbon (Short Tour)

This ribbon is awarded to Air Force members credited with completion of an overseas assignment defined as a "short tour" by Air Force regulations and that is not recognized by any other medal or ribbon.


Overseas Service Ribbon (Long Tour)

This ribbon is awarded to Air Force members credited with completion of an overseas assignment defined as a "long tour" by Air Force regulations and that is not recognized by any other medal or ribbon.


Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon

The Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon is awarded to military members of the Air Force who complete four years of honorable active or reserve military service (including service with other components).


Air Force Training Ribbon

The Air Force Training Ribbon is awarded to Air Force members on completing an Air Force accession training program (i.e., Basic Military Training; Officer Training School; ROTC; Air Force Academy; or Medical Services, Judge Advocate, or Chaplain orientation courses).






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