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Airmen can request Afghan, Iraq campaign medal stars

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  • Air Force News Agency
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFPN) -- A recent memorandum from the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense provides guidance on the wear of campaign stars on both the Afghanistan and Iraq campaign medals.

The campaign stars recognize servicemembers for participating in designated campaign phases within the areas of responsibility for both awards.

In order to qualify for the campaign stars, Airmen must first qualify for the campaign medals by having served in the area of eligibility for 30 consecutive or 60 nonconsecutive days, and must provide official source documentation to confirm their participation in the AOE. Approved decorations, performance reports or travel vouchers can be used as official documentation.

Airmen become eligible to wear the campaign stars by serving one or more days in the following campaigns:

For Afghanistan:
Liberation of Afghanistan - Sept. 11 to Nov. 30, 2001
Consolidation I - Dec. 1, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2006
Consolidation II - Oct. 1, 2006, until a date to be determined.

For Iraq:
Liberation of Iraq - March 19 to May 1, 2003
Transition of Iraq - May 2, 2003 to June 28, 2004
Iraqi Governance - June 29, 2004 to Dec. 15, 2005
National Resolution - Dec. 16, 2005, until a date to be determined.

If an individual's initial inclusive period of deployment overlaps one or more of the approved campaign phases, the Airman will be entitled to the appropriate number of campaign stars.

"If you've already had 30 days in the qualifying area -- 10 of those days during Liberation Phase and 20 during Consolidation Phase I -- you'll qualify for the campaign medal and two campaign stars," said Col. William Foote, director of personnel services at the Air Force Personnel Center.

Active duty members, Guard, Reserve and veterans who qualify for to wear the campaign stars with the medals can contact their servicing personnel unit or the Air Force Contact Center at 1-800-616-3775 to update their records.

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