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Air Force Combat Readiness Medal


Obverse: The obverse design has an inverted triangle on top of a delta-swept wing-like object, both representing supersonic aircraft. This design is enclosed by a stylized compass rose with triangles at the points indicating the worldwide nature of the Air Force mission.

Reverse: The reverse of the medal has the inscription, “FOR COMBAT READINESS--AIR FORCE,” in a circle, near the outer edge of the medal.

The ribbon has a wide 1/2-inch center stripe of old glory red, flanked on either side by a narrow stripe of light blue, thin stripe of dark blue, narrow stripe of light blue with a stripe of old glory red at the edges.

See AFI36-2803 (Air Force Military Awards and Decorations Program).

This medal was authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force on March 9, 1964 and amended August 28, 1967. Originally created as a personal decoration ranking above the commendation medals, lifesaving medals and the Purple Heart, its current status has been changed to an achievement/service medal. The Combat Readiness Medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Reserve for sustained individual combat or mission readiness or preparedness for direct weapon-system employment.

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