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Distinguished Public Service Medal


Description

Medal: A gold disc 1 9/16 inches (3.97 cm) in height and 1 7/16 inches (3.65 cm) in width, with a wreath on the lower half of the rim denoting nonmilitary service. The equilateral triangle is symbolic of the civilian. Displayed on the triangle is the eagle from the Great Seal of the United States. The reverse of the medal is inscribed ''AWARDED TO'' ''FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE TO THE UNITED STATES ARMY.''

Ribbon: The medal is suspended from a ribbon 1 3/8 inches in width consisting of the following stripes: 1/16'' White, 1/16'' Ultramarine Blue, 1/16'' White, 1/16'' Old Glory Red, 1/16'' White, 1/16'' Ultramarine Blue, 5/8'' White, 1/16'' Ultramarine Blue, 1/16'' White, 1/16'' Old Glory Red, 1/16'' White, 1/16'' Ultramarine Blue, 1/16'' White.


Eligibility and Criteria
See Army Regulation 672-20, Incentive Awards.

Background

The medal was established by directive of the Secretary of the Army as the Distinguished Civilian Service Award in May 1956. In November 2014, the Secretary of the Army approved a modification to the Department of the Army Public Service Medals in order to make their nomenclature more consistent with their military equivalents. At that time the award was renamed the Distinguished Public Service Medal and the inscription on the reverse was changed accordingly. This award consists of a regular size medal, miniature size medal, service ribbon, lapel button and certificate.






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