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    DOD Announces Iraq, Afghanistan Campaign Stars

    By Donna Miles
    American Forces Press Service

    WASHINGTON, June 30, 2011 Bronze campaign stars are now authorized for service members who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009, Defense Department officials announced today.

    The new campaign stars, worn on the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals, recognize service during Operation New Dawn in Iraq and the Consolidation III campaign phase in Afghanistan.

    Operation New Dawn began Sept. 1, 2010, marking the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and U.S. combat operations in Iraq and a new focus on advising, assisting and training Iraqi security forces.

    The Consolidation III campaign in Afghanistan began Dec. 1, 2009, the date President Barack Obama committed to sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan with a plan to begin drawing down that force in July.

    The services will announce implementing instructions to their members about wear of the new campaign stars.

    Service members who have qualified for the ICM and ACM may display a bronze campaign star on their medal for each campaign phase in which they participated. A silver campaign star is issued in lieu of five bronze stars.

    Six other campaign phases were previously identified for Iraq, and three in Afghanistan.

    In Iraq, they are:

    -- Liberation of Iraq, March 19 to May 1, 2003;

    -- Transition of Iraq, May 2, 2003 to June 28, 2004;

    -- Iraqi Governance, June 29, 2004 to Dec. 15, 2005;

    -- National Resolution, Dec. 16, 2005 to Jan. 9, 2007;

    -- Iraqi Surge, Jan. 10, 2007 to Dec. 31, 2008; and

    -- Iraqi Sovereignty, Jan. 1, 2009 to Aug. 31, 2010.

    In Afghanistan, the previously identified campaign phases are:

    -- Liberation of Afghanistan, Sept. 11 to Nov. 30, 2001;

    -- Consolidation I, Dec. 1, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2006; and

    -- Consolidation II, Oct. 1, 2006 to Nov. 30, 2009.

    The Defense Department first authorized campaign stars for service in Iraq and Afghanistan in April 2008.

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    Re: Campaign Stars for OEF/OIF

    Here is the link to the article


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      Re: Campaign Stars for OEF/OIF

      It is official as mentioned in this week's article

      DoD terminates Iraq Campaign Medal

      By Jim Tice

      Policy guidance officially termi­nating the Iraq Campaign Medal and Operation New Dawn has been issued by the Pentagon.

      An order terminating the cam­paign medal was issued April 23 by the Defense Department, but is effective to Dec. 31, 2011, the day Operation New Dawn ended.

      This means the ICM is not authorized for service in Iraq that occurred Jan. 1 and later.

      The De­fense De­partment earlier des­ignated these seven campaign phases for the war in Iraq: ■ Liberation of Iraq, March 19, 2003-May 1, 2003

      ■ Transition of Iraq, May 2, 2003-June 28, 2004

      ■ Iraqi Governance, June 29, 2004-Dec. 15, 2005

      ■ National Resolution, Dec. 16, 2005-Jan. 9, 2007

      ■ Iraqi surge, Jan. 10, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008

      ■ Iraqi Sovereignty, Jan. 1, 2009-Aug. 31, 2010

      ■ New Dawn, Sept. 1, 2010-Dec. 31, 2011 U.S. military troop levels during these campaign phases ranged from 67,700 in 2003 to 4,100 in early 2012, with highs of 148,300 in 2007 and 157,800 in 2008, according to data compiled by the Congressional Research Service.

      For award eligibility specifics based on service during these campaigns, soldiers should consult Paragraph 2-17 of Army Regula­tion 600-8-22 (Military Awards).

      Basic criteria require that sol­diers must have served in direct support of land, air or sea (out to 12 miles) operations in Iraq.

      Under Army policy, one bronze star shall be worn on the suspen­sion and campaign ribbon of the ICM to denote participation in each designated campaign, accord­ing to the awards branch of Human Resources Command.

      If a soldier’s initial period of deployment overlaps one or more of the approved campaign phases, the soldier is entitled to wear the appropriate number of bronze ser­vice stars.

      A bronze service star is not authorized for periods when the Global War on Terrorism Expedi­tionary Medal was awarded.

      Personnel officials note that soldiers who qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expedi­tionary Medal for service in Iraq March 19, 2003, through April 30, 2005, remain qualified for that medal.

      However, such soldiers may be awarded the ICM in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expedi­tionary Medal for such service.

      Soldiers cannot be awarded both medals for the same period. □

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