Coast Guard Commendation Medal


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The Coast Guard Commendation Medal is the mid-level decoration presented by the United States Department of Coast Guard to the corps of the United States Armed Forces for sustained performance and distinguishing their service to the United States Coast Guard. The medal is hexagonal with two anchors crossing underneath an emblem with the text United States Coast Guard 1790 engraved on it.

  • Type:

    Military Decoration

  • Awarded for:

    Outstanding achievement or meritorious service in a non-combat capacity while performing duties in a responsible and highly professional manner.

  • Presented by:

    Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security or a high-ranking Coast Guard officer

  • Eligibility:

    Any member of the United States Coast Guard, including members of the Reserve Components, who meets the eligibility criteria.

  • Status:

    Currently awarded

  • Established:


  • First awarded: