Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Service Stars authorized for Global War on Terror Expeditionary (GWOT-E) Medal

Effective immediately, you can wear service stars on your GWOT-E to denote support to different operations.  You are authorized to wear up to 4 service stars denoting support to the five operations currently authorized for the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal. Those operations are:

Operation ENDURING FREEDOM: September 11, 2001 - TBD
Operation IRAQI FREEDOM: March 19, 2003 - August 31, 2010
Operation NOMAD SHADOW: November 5, 2007 - TBD
Operation NEW DAWN: September 1, 2010 - December 31, 2011
Operation INHERENT RESOLVE: June 15, 2014 - TBD

You can read the memo here. Looking at how the stars have been placed for previous awards, I created the above graphic to denote how they would probably look.

How do you know if you're eligible for each award? Go here to see if you deployed to these listed locations during the specified times.

To properly get this on your record, you want a Page 13 for each medal, specifically listing the supported operation. For example, if you participated in ENDURING FREEDOM and INHERENT RESOLVE, then you want two page 13s on your record, each one saying you were awarded the GWOT-E for each operation, and you would wear the GWOT-E with one star in the center.