Established in 1980, the Air Force Overseas Ribbon is awarded to members of the United States Air Force or Air Force Reserve who complete a qualifying tour overseas. The tour must be two or more years long to merit the Long Tour award; the Short Tour Award is granted for terms totaling at least 300 days within a single 18-month span.
The ribbon features a thick dark blue stripe in the center interrupted by three dashed white lines. To its exterior on each side are alternating thinner vertical stripes of white and light blue.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by oak leaf clusters.