The NATO ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) Medal honors military members and civilians who have carried out service on behalf of the International Security Assistance Force in an eligible area. To qualify, individuals must be part of designated Joint Operations Area units and must have carried out 30 days of service in Afghanistan, consecutive or agglomerate, in ISAF operations.
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 silver stripe toward each edge.
Additional awards may be indicated by bronze service stars. Clasps are authorized but are not to be worn on Air Force uniforms.