Established on July 6, 1960, the Airman’s Medal may be presented to members of the United States Armed forces or foreign allies who perform a heroic act or risk their lives while carrying out service on behalf of the U.S. Air Force, typically in a non-combat capacity.
The medal is bronze and features an image of the Greek deity Hermes in profile and crouched on one knee; an eagle is taking flight from his hands. An inscription reading “AIRMAN’S MEDAL” appears on the side edges of the medal. The ribbon features alternating thin vertical stripes: seven yellow and six dark blue. They are flanked by thicker stripes of lighter blue on either side.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by oak leaf clusters.