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Carter Announces Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
Carter Announces Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2016 — Service members who serve or have served in Iraq or
Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve will receive the Inherent Resolve Campaign
Medal, Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced in Tampa, Florida, today.

Carter announced the new award during the U.S. Central Command change-of-command
ceremony. Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III transferred the command’s flag to Gen. Joe Votel.

“It is fitting then, that as we mark the change of command between these two leaders, that
we introduce the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal,” Carter said. “I am pleased to
announce today, by the president’s order and upon the chairman’s and my
recommendation, that our sailors, soldiers, airmen, and Marines serving in Iraq and Syria
as part of Operation Inherent Resolve are now eligible for this medal and distinction.”

Award Retroactive

The award is retroactive to June 15, 2014, and is for service members based in Iraq or
Syria, those who flew missions over those countries, and those who served in contiguous
waters for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days, officials said.

The award distinctly recognizes service members battling terrorist groups in Iraq and
Syria. Service members who were killed or were medically evacuated from those
countries due to wounds or injuries immediately qualify for the award, as do members
who engaged in combat.

Previously, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal recognized service in Iraq
and Syria, and service members in neighboring countries such as Turkey will continue to
receive that award.

The president establishes campaign medals for large-scale and long-duration combat
actions or operations. Inherent Resolve meets the criteria, officials said. The entire
operational area has been subject to lethal combat operations. U.S. forces are executing
an extensive air campaign in the region. A U.S. division-plus force is providing command
and control, intelligence, and other advisory services.

The award is separate from the Iraq Campaign Medal awarded for service during
operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn, officials said.
Carter Announces Operation Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
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