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AIR FORCE RELEASES MEDAL CRITERIA

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Distinguished Warfare Medal Requirements Set Forth
By Harold Hutchison

The Distinguished Warfare Medal, announced on 15 February will be awarded to Airmen for actions not involving valor that still have a significant impact on combat operations, according to Air Force officials who spoke about the criteria being set to earn the new medal.

"In modern warfare, one individual can have a truly 'extraordinary' impact on combat operations, whether they are located on the front lines, elsewhere in the (area of responsibility) or half way around the world," Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, the Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, told Air Force News Service. "DOD has authorized the DWM, allowing the services to recognize their members, in our case Airmen, whose single act of extraordinary achievement directly and significantly impacts critical combat operations."

The DWM is not the only award for non-combat achievement that outranks the Bronze Star. The Defense Distinguished Service Medal, as well as the Distinguished Service Medals from all of the armed services, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, and the Soldier’s Medal all take precedence over the Bronze Star.