Awarded by the Department of the Air Force to U.S. civilian personnel. It is awarded for sustained meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. The achievements must be accomplished with distinction above and beyond that normally expected of professional airmen. Approval or disapproval authority is delegated to wing commanders for military and Secretary of the Air Force for civilians. Major commands (MAJCOMs) will identify the missions and positions that qualify for this award. HQ USAF/XO must certify MAJCOM criteria.
This decoration was established on February 3, 1988.