The Air Force Achievement Medal (AFAM) is awarded to any member of the United States or foreign Armed Forces, on active duty or inactive reserve, who distinguishes himself or herself by outstanding achievement or meritorious service.
The Air Force Achievement Medal is awarded for outstanding achievement or meritorious service that does not meet the requirements of the Air Force Commendation Medal. Place emphasis on award to junior officers and airmen whose achievements and service meet standards. Do not award more than one AFAM during a 1-year period except under extraordinary circumstances. This medal should not be awarded for aerial achievement or retirement. The links listed below are to procedures and examples for writing and submitting an Air Force Achievement Medal package. Your mileage may vary.
Decor 6 Instructions
Instructions on how to complete the Decor-6, Recommendation for Award.
How to Write the Citation
Instructions on required format.
Examples of approved Achievement Medal citations.
Citation Narrative Utility
A tool for writing the citation narrative.
The award of the "V" device for a contingency deployment operation is dependent upon the AOR being declared a hostile environment by the JCS, or hostile acts identified by the unified commander or higher authority. The award of the “V” device is based solely on the acts or services of individuals who are exposed to personal hazards due to direct hostile action during a contingency deployment operation. For a single event, Air Force Component Commanders may authorize the “V” device. The “V” device will not be awarded for normal peacetime acts or services.