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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM) – AUTHORIZED OPERATIONS
The table below lists designated U.S. military operations that have been approved for award of the AFEM. The
Military Departments are responsible for determining individual eligibility for approved AFEM operations and
approved designated areas of eligibility. Please refer individual eligibility questions to your respective Military
Department.

Location                                              Operation(s)                                                   Inclusive Dates
Lebanon                                          -------------------------                                 1 Jul 1958 - 1 Nov 1958
Vietnam (General Service)              -------------------------                                 1 Jul 1958 - 3 Jul 1965
Taiwan Straits                                  -------------------------                                 23 Aug 1958 - 1 Jan 1959
Quemoy and Matsu Islands             -------------------------                                 23 Aug 1958 - 1 Jun 1963
Congo                                              ------------------------                                 14 Jul 1960 - 1 Sep 1962
Laos                                                -------------------------                                 19 Apr 1961 - 7 Oct 1962
Berlin                                               ------------------------                                  14 Aug 1961 - 1 Jun 1963
Cuba                                                ------------------------                                  24 Oct 1962 - 1 Jun 1963
Congo                                              ------------------------                                  23 Nov 1964 - 27 Nov 1964
Dominican Republic                         ------------------------                                  28 Apr 1965 - 21 Sep 1966
Korea1                                             ------------------------                                   1 Oct 1966 - 30 Jun 1974
Thailand                                  Cambodia Support Operations                         29 Mar 1973 - 15 Aug 1973
Cambodia                                Vietnam Support Operations                            29 Mar 1973 - 15 Aug 1973
Cambodia                                EAGLE PULL – Evacuation                              11 Apr 1975 - 13 Apr 1975
Vietnam                                   FREQUENT WIND – Evacuation2                     29 Apr 1975 - 30 Apr 1975
Mayaguez                                       ------------------------                                    15-May-1975
El Salvador                                     ------------------------                                      1 Jan 1981 - 1 Feb 1992
Lebanon                                         ------------------------                                      1 Jun 1983 - 1 Dec 1987
Grenada Operation                           URGENT FURY                                        23 Oct 1983 - 21 Nov 1983
Libya                                             EL DORADO CANYON                                 12 Apr 1986 - 17 Apr 1986
Persian Gulf                                       EARNEST WILL                                       24 Jul 1987 - 1 Aug 1990
Panama                                              JUST CAUSE                                           20 Dec 1989 - 31 Jan 1990
Somalia                              RESTORE HOPE, and UNITED SHIELD                     5 Dec 1992 - 31 Mar 1995
Haiti                                                UPHOLD DEMOCRACY                                16 Sep 1994 - 31 Mar 1995
Bosnia-Herzegovina & Croatia3        JOINT ENDEAVOR                                       1 Jun 1992 - 19 Dec 1996
Southwest Asia                                 VIGILANT SENTINEL                                    1 Dec 1995 - 15 Feb 1997
Southwest Asia                             Maritime Intercept Operation                            1 Dec 1995 - 18 Mar 2003
Southwest Asia                                 SOUTHERN WATCH                                     1 Dec 1995 - 18 Mar 2003
Bosnia – Herzegovina & Croatia3         JOINT GUARD                                         20 Dec 1996 - 20 Jun 1998

Southwest Asia                             NORTHERN WATCH                                         1 Jan 1997 - 18 Mar 2003
Bosnia-Herzegovina & Croatia     JOINT FORGE                                                 21 Jun 1998 – 2 Dec 2004
Southwest Asia                             DESERT FOX                                                 11 Nov 1998 - 22 Dec 1998
Southwest Asia                             DESERT THUNDER                                        16 Dec 1998 - 22 Dec 1998
Southwest Asia                             DESERT SPRING                                            31 Dec 1998 - 18 Mar 2003
Haiti                                             SECURE TOMORROW                                    29 Feb 2004 - 15 Jun 2004
Former Republic of Yugoslavia4     JOINT GUARDIAN, and NATO  Headquarters in Sarajevo 1 Jan 2014 - TBD

1. Also eligible for the Korean Defense Service Medal as an exception to DoD policy.
2. May exchanged the AFEM for the Vietnam Service Medal pursuant to Section 542, Public Law 107-314.
3. Members awarded the Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) for qualifying service in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia are authorized
both the AFSM and AFEM pursuant to Section 572, Public Law 105-85 in accordance with Secretary of Defense guidance approved on
February 24,1999.
4. The Kosovo Campaign Medal transitioned to the AFEM effective 1 Jan 2014; hence, start
date for award of the AFEM does not coincide with the start date of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN.
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal with Service Stars