Awards and decorations of the United States government of this variety are civilian awards of the U.S. federal government which are typically issued for sustained meritorious service, in a civilian capacity, while serving in or for the U.S. federal government. Certain U.S. government awards may also be issued to military personnel of the United States Armed Forces and be worn in conjunction with awards and decorations of the United States military.
This award is granted to those members of the general public who offered substantial service to an undertaking of the United States Air Force or who have helped with improving conditions for the usage of this branch of the military (ex: technological contributions). The honoree's contribution must have demonstrated dedication and commitment to the completion of the project or achievement.
Recipients are neither military personnel or civilian employees of the Air Force. The service is strictly voluntary and if there was any monetary gain, issuance of this award is prohibited.
In general, any and all Air Force staff is allowed to nominate an individual that meets this criteria. Upon submitting the proper forms and letters of recommendation, the nomination is reviewed by the appropriate authorities.