Circular silvered bronze medal with laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with a female helmeted head representative of the French Republic, circumscribed ‘RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE’; the reverse with a winged propeller imposed on a radiant rising sun, laurel and oak branches to either side, a plaque with the attribution ‘J-L. BIGEARD’ and dated ‘1998’ above, circumscribed ‘MINISTÈRE DE LA DÉFENSE HONNEUR TRAVAIL DEVOUEMENT’ (Ministry of Defence Honour Work Dedication); on original ribbon mounted for wear in the French style and with silvered winged letter ‘A’ device.
The Medal was created on 12 January 1921 to reward civil aviators for long service and acts of courage and devotion. Today, it is awarded in four grades to civilians by the Minister of Defence and the Minister of Civil Aviation and Meteorology.
The silver medal is awarded for 30 years’ service to those already holding the bronze medal or for an act of bravery or outstanding service.
This, the third version of the medal, was introduced on 2 November 1978.