Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal

The Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal (RCECM) is a United States Air Force campaign medal established on 22 May 2019. The medal recognizes air force personnel, "in non-deployed status who directly participated in a Department of Defense (DoD) combat operation from a remote location.[3]

Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal
Awarded by the Department of the Air Force[1]
TypeService medal
EligibilityUnited States Air Force personnel
Awarded forParticipating in a combat operation from a remote location in a non-deployed status on or after September 11, 2001
StatusCurrently awarded
Statistics
Established22 May 2019
Precedence
Next (higher)Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal[2]
Next (lower)None (as a campaign medal)

Service ribbon of the medal

Eligibility

The RCECM will be awarded to Airmen serving in remotely piloted aircraft, cyber, space and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance career fields, who create direct combat effects from remote locations and lead to strategic outcomes or the delivery of lethal force. In some circumstances, Airmen from other career fields may be considered for the RCECM, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Service members may be awarded the RCECM for actions completed on or after |11 September 2001, while also serving under the following conditions:

  1. Was assigned or attached to a unit directly in support of a DoD combat operation as approved by the chief of staff of the Air Force (listed below)
  2. Was serving in a remotely piloted aircraft; cyber; space or intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance career field
  3. Personally provided hands-on employment of a weapon system that has direct and immediate impact on combat operations
  4. Was not physically exposed to hostile actions or at risk of exposure to hostile action

The RCECM will be awarded to Airmen serving in remotely piloted aircraft, cyber, space and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance career fields, who create direct combat effects from remote locations and lead to strategic outcomes or the delivery of lethal force. In some circumstances, Airmen from other career fields may be considered for the RCECM, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Qualifying campaigns

Qualifying DoD combat operations:

Operation From To
Enduring Freedom (OEF)[4] 11 September 2001 28 December 2014[5]
Iraqi Freedom (OIF)[4] 19 March 2003 31 August 2010
Nomad Shadow (ONS)[4] 5 November 2007 TBD
New Dawn (OND)[4] 1 September 2010 31 December 2011
Inherent Resolve (OIR)[4] 15 June 2014 30 March 2016
Freedom's Sentinel (OFS)[4] 1 January 2015 TBD
Odyssey Lightning (OOL)[4] 1 August 2016 19 December 2016
Operation Pacific Eagle (OPE–P)[4] 5 October 2017 TBD

Airmen who have received a DoD or Air Force campaign or expeditionary medal or ribbon for the same period of service are not eligible to receive the RCECM.

Eligible personnel will be awarded one medal with campaign star upon meeting the initial criteria for the award. Service in subsequent campaign phases qualifies personnel for additional campaign stars.

Appearance

Medal description

The medal bears a bronze color 1 ¼ inch metal disc bearing a starburst. The starburst behind the grid-lined sphere conveys power and the ability to remotely effect the battlefield, anywhere in the world. The delta followed by the contrail portrays the remotely piloted aircraft and weapons systems. The Hap Arnold symbol denotes the U.S. Air Force. The reverse bears a circular inscription, “COMBAT EFFECTS CAMPAIGN” above, and “UNITED STATES AIR FORCE” below, and a “Hap Arnold” symbol above a stacked inscription that reads “REMOTE COMBAT SUPPORT”. A pair of beveled deltas flank the circular inscription.

Ribbon description

The ribbon is predominantly blue, with a wide light blue center stripe flanked on either side by a narrow white stripe. The colors represent the U.S. Air Force.

References

  1. "Production publication" (PDF). static.e-publishing.af.mil.
  2. "MEMORANDUM FOR AF/A1 SUBJECT: Establishment of a Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal" (PDF). United States Air Force. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  3. Air Force releases criteria for new Remote Combat Effects Campaign Medal, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs, October 28, 2019.
  4. "Global War on Terrorism Expedtionary Medal – Approved Operations" (PDF). Department of Defense. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  5. "Operation Enduring Freedom comes to an end". www.army.mil. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
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