The Air Medal is awarded to any member of the Armed
Forces of the United States who distinguishes themself by meritorious
achievement while participating in aerial flight. It is given for cobat
or non-combat action, and conferred in recognition of single acts of
heroism or merit for operational activities against an armed enemy.
Additionally, it is given for meritorious services, or for sustained
distinction in the performance of duties involving aerial flight.
This decoration was established in May 1942.