Established on May 11, 1942, the Civilian Air Medal honors individuals for heroic acts or otherwise exceptional achievement while carrying out flight or aerial combat operations. It may be awarded either to US or foreign military or civilian personnel and is only awarded during wartime operations. Eligible operations are determined at the discretion of MAJCOMs.
The Civilian Aerial Achievement Medal was created in 1988 with the intent to honor Air Force personnel who are not eligible to receive the Air Medal. Recipients of the award, which may be granted to military members by wing commanders or to civilians by the Secretary of the Air Force, are those who have demonstrated a continuously high level of achievement in aerial flight that exceeds the normal expectations. The award extends to personnel who operate unmanned aircraft as well. Eligible civilians are those who demonstrate continued exceptional achievement exceeding expectations.
The Navy Superior Public Service Award honors private citizens who make notable contributions toward the mission of the Department of the Navy in a broad context
The Navy Superior Civilian Service Award honors civilian Navy employees who carry out excellent service or make noteworthy contributions on behalf of the Navy or Marine Corps, typically of a lesser nature than would merit the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award.
The Navy Meritorious Public Service Award honors civilians who have made notable contributions or rendered significant service on behalf of the Navy with a positive effect on a particular region or operation.
The Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award honors noteworthy contributions from civilians in the employ of the Navy or Marine Corps, typically of a lesser nature than would warrant the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award or the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award.
Established in 1951, the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award honors civilians who have carried out acts of valor or heroism or who have demonstrated extraordinary service on behalf of the Navy over a lengthy interval.
The Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award honors civilian Navy employees who demonstrate exceptional service in excess of peers and expectations. It is the most prestigious honorary Navy award for which civilians are eligible.
Established on August 9, 2007, the Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal honors the efforts of civilians supporting the Department of Defense and the United States Armed Forces in combating terrorism around the world.
Now obsolete, the Civilian Service in Vietnam Medal honored civilians who demonstrated continuously noteworthy conduct or a single feat of courage involving the risk of safety while serving the United States government in Vietnam on or after January 1, 1962.