OBVERSE: The statue of freedom represents the ultimate goal of operations in support of the Global War on Terrorism. The laurel branches symbolize honor and achievement. The five stars allude to the military services, and the triangle, which is the traditional symbol of civilian service, denotes support. The spears enclose and defend “Freedom” and allude to support for military service.
REVERSE: The disc represents a globe, with arrowheads suggesting that danger and terrorism may develop anywhere. The polestar is an ancient symbol of navigation denoting direction, preparation and planning.
RIBBON: Medium blue is the color associated with the Department of Defense. Gold represents excellence and achievement. Black and red symbolize the threat and danger of terrorism. Red, white and blue, our national colors, are for patriotism and the love of freedom.