DOD Announces Iraq, Afghanistan Campaign Stars

WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 — Bronze cam­paign stars are now autho­rized for ser­vice mem­bers who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009, Defense Depart­ment offi­cials announced today.

The new cam­paign stars, worn on the Iraq and Afghanistan cam­paign medals, rec­og­nize ser­vice dur­ing Oper­a­tion New Dawn in Iraq and the Con­sol­i­da­tion III cam­paign phase in Afghanistan.

Oper­a­tion New Dawn began Sept. 1, 2010, mark­ing the offi­cial end of Oper­a­tion Iraqi Free­dom and U.S. com­bat oper­a­tions in Iraq and a new focus on advis­ing, assist­ing and train­ing Iraqi secu­ri­ty forces.

The Con­sol­i­da­tion III cam­paign in Afghanistan began Dec. 1, 2009, the date Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma com­mit­ted to send­ing 30,000 addi­tion­al troops to Afghanistan with a plan to begin draw­ing down that force in July.

The ser­vices will announce imple­ment­ing instruc­tions to their mem­bers about wear of the new cam­paign stars.

Ser­vice mem­bers who have qual­i­fied for the ICM and ACM may dis­play a bronze cam­paign star on their medal for each cam­paign phase in which they par­tic­i­pat­ed. A sil­ver cam­paign star is issued in lieu of five bronze stars.

Six oth­er cam­paign phas­es were pre­vi­ous­ly iden­ti­fied for Iraq, and three in Afghanistan.

In Iraq, they are:
— 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 to Jan. 9, 2007;
— Iraqi Surge, Jan. 10, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2008; and
— Iraqi Sov­er­eign­ty, Jan. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2010.

In Afghanistan, the pre­vi­ous­ly iden­ti­fied cam­paign phas­es are:
— Lib­er­a­tion of Afghanistan, Sept. 11 to Nov. 30, 2001;
— Con­sol­i­da­tion I, Dec. 1, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2006; and
— Con­sol­i­da­tion II, Oct. 1, 2006 to Nov. 30, 2009.
The Defense Depart­ment first autho­rized cam­paign stars for ser­vice in Iraq and Afghanistan in April 2008.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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