Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal

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Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal.png
Obverse and reverse of the medal
Awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense
Type Service medal
Eligibility 15 June 2014 – present
Awarded for Direct support in service in Iraq or Syria
Status Active
Statistics
Established 30 March 2016
Precedence
Next (higher) Iraq Campaign Medal[1][2]
Next (lower) Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal[1][2]
Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal ribbon.png
Service ribbon of the medal

The Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal is an American military service medal. It was established by Executive Order on 30 March 2016 by U.S. President Barack Obama.[3] The medal may be awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for service in Iraq, Syria, or contiguous waters or airspace retroactively from 15 June 2014 to a date yet to be determined. Those members of the armed forces who were awarded the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for service that is now covered by the new medal may make application to be awarded the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal.

Symbolism

According to the United States Army Institute of Heraldry's website, the medal's mailed fist and dagger represent "strength and courage in the defense of liberty and freedom". The scorpion being impaled was chosen because, "The scorpion, symbolic for treachery and destruction, is found on most major land masses."[4]

The center of the ribbon is orange in color, surrounded by tan and blue, deriving its hues from the Ishtar Gate and the color of Southwestern Eurasian topography,[5] which is primarily sand.[6]

Criteria

To qualify for the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal, personnel must have been based in Iraq or Syria, fly missions over those countries, and/or serve in contiguous waters for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days. Service members who were killed or were medically evacuated from those countries due to wounds or injuries immediately qualify for the award, as do members who engaged in combat.[7]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 United States Army Institute of Heraldry (2016). "Ribbons--Order Of Precedence". The Institute of Heraldry. United States of America: United States Department of the Army. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 United States Navy Personnel Command (2016). "Navy Awards Precedence Chart". United States Navy. United States of America: United States Department of the Navy. Archived from the original on 22 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Obama, Barack Hussein, II (30 March 2016). "Executive Order Establishing Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal". Office of the Press Secretary. Washington, D.C.: Executive Office of the President of the United States of America. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "The New Anti-ISIS Medal: A Bit Too Crusadery?". The Atlantic. March 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. United States Army Institute of Heraldry (2016). "Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal". Campaign and Service Medals. United States of America: United States Department of the Army. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Gilkes, Paul (8 April 2016). "Inherent Resolve Campaign medal available to military service personnel". Coin World. p. 2. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Garamone, Jim (30 March 2016). "Carter Announces Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal". DoD News. Washington, D.C.: Defense Media Activity. Archived from the original on 13 April 2016. Retrieved 13 April 2016. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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