The Public Health Service Foreign Duty Award honors PHSCC members who carry out 30 days consecutively or 90 days nonconsecutively of service abroad. Service in foreign waters aboard a vessel does not count toward the qualifying term.
The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) is the United States Public Health Service’s federal uniformed branch of service and falls under the aegis of the Department of Health and Human Services, led by the Surgeon General. The PHSCC traces its roots back to the establishment of the Marine Hospital Fund in 1798, which provided for the care of merchant sailors. Currently, the PHSCC is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. The PHSCC grants certain awards to its members to acknowledge meritorious service or accomplishments.
The ribbon is bisected by a thin vertical maroon stripe flanked on either side by a white stripe, a thicker dark blue stripe, another white stripe, and maroon edging.