Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon

Auxiliarists who participate in a Coast Guard special operation, not involving combat, may receive this award. It is for Auxiliarists not recognized by another service award for the same operation, during the same period of service. This award can be authorized by the Commandant or an Area Commander. The award is authorized for certain acts of non-combat meritorious service, for which no other service medal or ribbon is authorized.
The four main areas of eligibility, for the presentation of the Special Operations Service Ribbon, are listed as follows:[3]
• Coast Guard operations of a special nature involving multiple agency involvement pertaining to national security or law enforcement.
• Coast Guard operations of a special nature in support of special events drawing large media interest and public attention.
• Coast Guard operations or involvement with foreign government in all areas of saving life and property at sea.
• Coast Guard operations of assistance for friendly and/or developing nations.
Initially a one-time award precluded from the use of service stars, multiple awards of the Special Operations Service Ribbon are now denoted by service stars.