The NATO Article 5 Active Endeavour Medal honors military members and civilians who have carried out service in support of Operation Active Endeavour, designed to combat terrorism and the transit of weapons of mass destruction through maritime proceedings in the Mediterranean Sea.
Awards of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) honor the members of international militaries who carry out service on NATO’s behalf. Established in 1949 through the North Atlantic Treaty, NATO is a group of allied international military forces committed to supporting one another in the event of conflict.
The medal features a compass rose framed by a wreath of laurels. The ribbon is blue with one vertical white stripe bisected by a thin gold stripe toward each edge.