Airman’s Medal

The Airman’s Medal Ribbon honors the members of the U.S. Armed forces who distinguish themselves with heroic acts. This honor doesn’t require the soldier to confront the hostiles. It is typically respected for risking life or losing a limb while saving others. This medal ribbon is the greatest distinction a soldier can earn in exhibiting bravery. The Service members with the Airman’s medal are eligible for retirement pay with a 10 percent increase in their retirement pay. The ribbon has thin alternating vertical stripes, seven yellow and six dark blue, flanked on either side by thicker light blue stripes.

  • Type:

    Personal military decoration

  • Awarded for:

    Accompanies the Airman's Medal

  • Eligibility:

    Recipients of the Airman's Medal

  • Status:

    Currently used

  • Established:

    July 6, 1960 (along with the Airman’s Medal)