Authorized under Executive Order 12019 on November 3rd,1977 by President Jimmy Carter.
The ribbon features three thin, alternating light blue and white stripes at center. There are thicker maroon stripes towards the outer edges. The extreme ends of the ribbon feature thin white stripes.
Award Criteria (as detailed by various official sources):
The medal (pictured above) is awarded for noncombat meritorious achievement or service that is incontestably exceptional and of magnitude that clearly places the individual above his peers while serving in one of the assignments for which the medal has been designated.
User Tags Detailing this Ribbon:
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