The Air and Space Campaign Medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Air Force who participate in or directly support a significant United States military operation designated by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. The medal is awarded only to personnel who provide direct support of combat operations from outside a geographic area determined by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Criteria: Service members must be assigned or attached to a unit engaged in the operation. Personnel must be engaged in direct support for at least 30 consecutive days or for 60 nonconsecutive days.
For this medal, direct support is defined as: 1) deploying in support of an operation, or 2) if at home station, performing functions or missions that historically were deployed forward, or entirely new and future missions, which due to technological advances, are no longer constrained by geographic location. This includes, but is not limited to, sortie generation, intelligence, surveillance, targeting, computer network attack operations, etc.
No individual shall be eligible for both the Air and Space Campaign Medal and a Department of Defense campaign/service medal awarded during a single tour in the designated operation. Participants are limited to only one ASCM for assignment to a designated operation. A second award of the ASCM is only authorized to individuals for nonconsecutive and non-concurrent assignments to separate operations, provided the participants meet the criteria for each. For each succeeding operation that justifies award of the ASCM, a service star is worn on the ribbon/medal. Multiple award of the ASCM for assignments or rotations to the same operation is not authorized.
The Chief of Staff of the Air Force designates the military operations that qualify for the ASCM. The Commander, Air Force Forces, will designate those organizations that provided direct qualifying support.
This decoration was authorized 24 April 2002.