Established on May 3, 2000, the Kosovo Campaign Medal honors United States military personnel who carried out service in qualifying operations in central and eastern Europe and around the Mediterranean for a minimum term of 30 days consecutively or 60 days nonconsecutively. The award includes the Kosovo Air Campaign, which took place between March 24 and June 10, 1999 in Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and surrounding air and waters in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas; it also covers the Kosovo Defense Campaign between June 11, 1999 and an undetermined date in Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia (Kosovo included) as well as air and water around the relevant Adriatic coastlines.
Eligible operations are listed below:
-Operation Allied Force, from March 24 to June 10, 1999
-Operation Noble Anvil, from March 24 to July 20, 1999
-Operation Allied Harbour, from April 4 to July 10, 1999
-Operation Sustain Hope/Shining Hope, from April 4 to July 10, 1999
-Operation Joint Guardian, from June 11, 1999 to an undetermined date
-Kosovo Task Force SABER, from March 31 to July 8, 1999
-Kosovo Task Force HUNTER, from April 1 to November 1, 1999
-Kosovo Task Force HAWK, from April 5 to June 24, 1999
-Kosovo Task Force FALCON, from June 11, 1999 to an undetermined date
The medal is bronze and features two mountains in front of a setting sun over whose rays an inscription reads “KOSOVO CAMPAIGN.” The ribbon features a thin band of red, white, and blue in the center flanked by a thick dark blue stripe on the right and a thick red stripe on the left.
The award may be issued with service stars and/or the Fleet Marine Force Combat Operation Insignia as appropriate.