Formerly the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
Authorized by the Department of the Air Force under General Order 1 on January 6th, 1954.
Ribbon is of red-white-blue coloring with thin red stripes at center and along the edges. Thick blue stripes are presented outboard of center and these straddled by thin white stripes.
Award Criteria (as detailed by various official sources):
It is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. The services include: performance of exceptionally meritorious service, accomplishment of a specific outstanding achievement of national or international significance, combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States, or military operations involving conflict with or exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force.
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