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New phase: Afghanistan Campaign Medal

New phase for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Transition I

New phase for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Transition I

HRC Awards Branch has provided the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel & Readiness) memo which announces the establishment of a new campaign phase for the ACM.  The new campaign phase is “Transition I”, and the beginning date is 1 Jul 11. “Consolidation III” has been closed out effective 30 Jun 11.  HRC Awards Branch will be publishing a MILPER message at a date to be determined.

This message authorizes Soldiers to immediately add campaign stars to their ACM as applicable.

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MacArthur D. "Mackie" Ocampo is an Active Duty First Sergeant and has served in the Army for 15 years to date with 9 years of service as a Human Resources Specialist. Currently, he serves as the First Sergeant for Hammer Company, 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, 2d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA. Mackie has served in Korea, Ft. Carson, CO, Schofield Barracks, HI, twice in Afghanistan, and twice in Iraq accumulating over 59 months of overseas service. He believes that the "personnel" aspect of a Soldier's career is a big factor in their morale and readiness and is determined to assist Soldiers in their professional development by providing sound advice and clarification of ongoing policies, regulations, and procedures.

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  • Joe Kennedy



    Good afternoon from Camp Integrity, Kabul Afghanistan! Kind of an odd question here, but my curiousity has gotten the better of me and I figured you may have some insight. I am currently deployed as a contractor to Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan (SOJTF-A) for the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). I have been here since 01 Mar 2013 and am leaving mid-July. I am also an active reservist with the USN as a Supply Corps Officer. I am not here in a Navy capacity, but was wondering if perhaps my work here could result in my rating the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. I am assuming being that I am not on orders from the military, the easy answer is no. I was just wondering if that is in fact the case. Thanks for your help!

    • Mark Gerecht


      AR 600-8-2 provides the eligibility for the award for Army personnel. Given that you are not on active duty I do not see how you would qualify for the medal. Here is an extract of the eligibility requirements.

      EXTRACT OF AR 600-8-22

      2–16. Afghanistan Campaign Medal
      a. The Afghanistan Campaign Medal is authorized by Public Law 108–234, 28 May 2004, and Executive Order 13363, 29 November 2004, as amended by Executive Order 13289, 12 March 2003.
      b. Individuals authorized the Afghanistan Campaign Medal must have served in direct support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF). The area of eligibility encompasses all land area of the country of Afghanistan and all air spaces above the land. The Afghanistan Campaign Medal period of eligibility is on or after 24 October 2001 to a future date to be determined by the Secretary of Defense or the cessation of OEF.
      c. Service members qualified for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal by reasons of service between 24 October 2001 and 28 February 2005, in an area for which the Afghanistan Campaign Medal was subsequently authorized, will remain qualified for that medal. Upon application, any such service member may be awarded the Afghanistan Campaign Medal in lieu of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for such service. No service member will be entitled to both medals for the same act, achievement or period of service.
      d. Service members must have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility for 30 consecutive days or for 60 non-consecutive days or meet one of the following criteria:
      (1) Be engaged in combat during an armed engagement, regardless of the time in the area of eligibility.
      (2) While participating in an operation or on official duties, is wounded or injured and requires medical evacuation from the area of eligibility.
      (3) While participating as a regularly assigned air crewmember flying sorties into, out of, within or over the area of eligibility in direct support of the military operations; each day of operations counts as one day of eligibility.

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