Authorized by way of Executive Order 9158 (EO9158) on May 11th, 1942 as World War 2 raged on.
Ribbon is detailed through a largely blue coloring with a pair of orange stripes inboard of the ribbon's edges.
Award Criteria (as detailed by various official sources):
The Air Medal is awarded to U.S. and civilian personnel for single acts of heroism or meritorious achievements while participating in aerial flight and foreign military personnel in actual combat in support of operations.
Required achievement is less than that required for the Distinguished Flying Cross, but must be accomplished with distinction above and beyond that expected of professional airmen. It is not awarded for peace time sustained operational activities and flights.
Approval or disapproval authority is delegated to major command (MAJCOM) commander or vice commander for military and Secretary of the Air Force for civilians and foreign military personnel. MAJCOMs will identify the missions and positions that qualify for this award. HQ USAF/XO must certify MAJCOM criteria.
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