New Phase Applies to Afghanistan Campaign Medal

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2011 - An additional campaign phase has been approved for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Pentagon officials announced yesterday.

Accordingly, officials said, an additional campaign star corresponding to the campaign phase is now authorized for wear on the campaign medal.

Campaign stars recognize a service member's participation in DOD-designated military campaigns. Service members who have qualified for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal may display a bronze campaign star on their medal for each designated campaign phase in which they participated. The stars are worn on the suspension and campaign ribbon of the campaign medal.

The period for the additional phase, called Transition I, began July 1 and will run through a date to be determined.

The four previously approved campaign phases are:

-- Liberation of Afghanistan: Sept. 11, 2001, to Nov. 30, 2001;

-- Consolidation I: Dec. 1, 2001, to Sept. 30, 2006;

-- Consolidation II: Oct. 1, 2006, to Nov. 30, 2009; and

-- Consolidation III: Dec. 1, 2009, through June 30, 2011.

Service members should contact their respective military departments for specific implementation guidance.

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