New Phase Applies to Afghanistan Campaign Medal

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2011 — An addi­tion­al cam­paign phase has been approved for the Afghanistan Cam­paign Medal, Pen­ta­gon offi­cials announced yes­ter­day.

Accord­ing­ly, offi­cials said, an addi­tion­al cam­paign star cor­re­spond­ing to the cam­paign phase is now autho­rized for wear on the cam­paign medal.

Cam­paign stars rec­og­nize a ser­vice member’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in DOD-des­ig­nat­ed mil­i­tary cam­paigns. Ser­vice mem­bers who have qual­i­fied for the Afghanistan Cam­paign Medal may dis­play a bronze cam­paign star on their medal for each des­ig­nat­ed cam­paign phase in which they par­tic­i­pat­ed. The stars are worn on the sus­pen­sion and cam­paign rib­bon of the cam­paign medal.

The peri­od for the addi­tion­al phase, called Tran­si­tion I, began July 1 and will run through a date to be deter­mined.

The four pre­vi­ous­ly approved cam­paign phas­es are:

— Lib­er­a­tion of Afghanistan: Sept. 11, 2001, to Nov. 30, 2001;

— Con­sol­i­da­tion I: Dec. 1, 2001, to Sept. 30, 2006;

— Con­sol­i­da­tion II: Oct. 1, 2006, to Nov. 30, 2009; and

— Con­sol­i­da­tion III: Dec. 1, 2009, through June 30, 2011.

Ser­vice mem­bers should con­tact their respec­tive mil­i­tary depart­ments for spe­cif­ic imple­men­ta­tion guid­ance.

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