Established by the U.S. Congress on July 7th, 1960 and authorized in 1961.
Award Criteria (as detailed by various official sources):
It is awarded to any member of the armed forces of the United States, U.S. citizen, or resident alien of the United States, who after Jan. 1, 1946 to a date to be announced, served on the Antarctic continent or in support of U.S. operations there.
After July 1, 1973, the ribbon is awarded for 30 days of assigned duty at sea or ashore, south of latitude 60 degrees south. It is also awarded for 15 days assigned duty at an outlying station on the continent; days do not need to be consecutive. Starting July 1, 1987, flight crews providing logistics support from outside the Antarctic area will be awarded the medal after 15 missions; one flight in or out during a 24-hour period equals one mission.
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