Air Force Combat Action Medal

Air Force Combat Action Medal

Criteria:

The Air Force Combat Action Medal is awarded to individuals that:

A) have been outside the defended perimeter to conduct official duties and come under enemy attack by lethal weapons while performing those duties, and are at risk of grave danger.
B) defending the base and come under fire and engage the enemy with direct and lethal fire, and are at risk of grave danger.
C) personnel in ground operations who actively engage the enemy with direct and lethal fire may qualify even if no direct fire is taken, as long as there was risk of grave danger.

History:

On March 15, 2007 the secretary of the Air Force approved establishment of the Air Force Combat Action Medal to recognize any military member of the Air Force (airman basic thru colonel) who actively participated in combat (ground or air).