The Air Force Combat Action Medal was established on March 15, 2007 to recognize members of the United States Air Force for active participation in air or ground combat. In order to be eligible, personnel must have experienced direct enemy fire in an unsecured location or directly engaged enemy forces with fire. The Air Force Combat Action Medal may be granted to foreign soldiers or members of other US military branches carrying out service in an Air Force unit.
Specific eligibility criteria are as follows:
-Individuals leave the secured perimeter to carry out duties and come under attack or otherwise face grave danger
-Individuals defending the secured perimeter come under enemy fire or otherwise face grave danger.
-Eligible periods are determined by the Secretary of the Air Force.
The medal is silver and features a right-facing eagle perched atop a wreath of laurels that forms the edge of the medal. A star hangs over the eagle’s head. The ribbon is red with thin diagonal yellow stripes.
Subsequent awards may be indicated with gold stars.