It is awarded to named team and individual Air Force recipients of Air Force-level Special Trophies and Awards except the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year nominees. This ribbon was authorized by the Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force on Oct. 12, 1980. The Air Force Recognition Ribbon will be worn between the Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal. Bronze oak-leaf clusters will be worn on the ribbon bar to indicate subsequent awards.
Air and Space Recognition Ribbon