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DoD orders medal change for Balkans

Nov. 9, 2013 - 11:51AM   |  
Beginning Jan. 1, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal will replace the Kosovo Campaign Medal for U.S. troops who serve in The Balkans.
Beginning Jan. 1, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal will replace the Kosovo Campaign Medal for U.S. troops who serve in The Balkans. (Defense Department)
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Kosovo Campaign Medal (Defense Department)
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and Kosovo Campaign Medal (Defense Department)

Effective Dec. 31, the Kosovo Campaign Medal no longer will be awarded to soldiers who deploy to the Balkans in support of Operation Joint Guardian and Task Force Falcon.

Beginning Jan. 1, soldiers serving in the area of eligibility in support of Joint Guardian and NATO headquarters in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, will be eligible for the award of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

Campaign participation credit for the Kosovo Defense Campaign, which began June 11, 1999, will close Dec. 31.

Under the rules change ordered by the Defense Department, the area of eligibility for the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal will mirror that of the Kosovo Campaign Medal, except it will include Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia and Hungary.

The area of eligibility will be the land and air space of Serbia, including Vojvodina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary and Navy vessels operating in the Adriatic Sea.

To qualify for the medal, soldiers generally must serve in direct support of the designated operation for 30 days, or for the full length of the operation if less than 30 days. For specific details, consult paragraph 2-12 of AR 600-8-22.

Soldiers are not authorized to be awarded both medals for service during a single tour. Soldiers who meet the criteria for the Kosovo Campaign Medal and Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal must elect which medal to be awarded for their tour.

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