Retroactive to 2014, service members who serve or have served in Iraq or Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve are eligible for the new award.
Previously, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal recognized service in Iraq and Syria, while service members in neighboring countries such as Turkey will continue to receive that award.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the creation of the award while visiting McDill Air Force Base near Tampa, Florida on Wednesday.
“I am pleased to announce today, by the president’s order and upon the chairman’s and my recommendation, that our sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Marines serving in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve are now eligible for this medal and distinction,” said Carter.
As noted by the Department of Defense, the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal is retroactive to June 15, 2014, and is for service members based in Iraq or Syria, those who flew missions over those countries, and those who served in contiguous waters for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days.
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