Defense Distinguished Service Medal


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The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is a high-level military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces for exceptional service to the Department of Defense. The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to those who have made significant contributions to national security or defense, and have demonstrated the highest levels of leadership and achievement in their respective fields. This prestigious award is a testament to the excellence and dedication of those who have served in defense of their country.

  • Type:

    Distinguished Service Medal

  • Awarded for:

    Exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility

  • Presented by:

    United States Department of Defense

  • Eligibility:

    United States Armed Forces Service Members

  • Status:

    Currently awarded

  • Established:

    July 9, 1970

  • First awarded:

    General Earle Wheeler (1970)