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Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 2001 onwards
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Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 2001 onwards
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Circular bronze medal with laterally-pierced lug for ribbon suspension; the face with a map of Afghanistan above a range of mountains, circumscribed ‘AFGHANISTAN CAMPAIGN’; the reverse with the head of an eagle facing left imposed on a radiant rising sun, inscribed below ‘FOR SERVICE / IN / AFGHANISTAN’, all within a stylised laurel leaf border; on original ribbon with brooch bar mounted for wear with maker’s mark ‘P-30’. The Medal was instituted by President George W. Bush on 28 May 2004 to be awarded to ‘members of the Uniformed Services of the United States who serve or who have served in Afghanistan (or its contiguous air space) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from September 11, 2001 to a date to be announced or upon the cessation of Operation Enduring Freedom’. The medal was established by Congress under considerable public pressure rather than by the Department of Defense which wished to award instead the War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. A good example.

 
Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 2001 onwards
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Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 2001 onwards
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Afghanistan Campaign Medal, 2001 onwards
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