Obverse: The Air Force Commendation Medal is a bronze hexagon (one point up), 1-3/8 inches wide with a raised border. The medal is finished in a light brown patina. In the center is the Air Force coat of arms. Above the coat of arms is an eagle with wings spread, facing left and perched upon a baton. Its wingtips are in front of the raised border, and there is a cloud formation in the background.
Reverse: The reverse contains a plaque towards the bottom of the medal for inscribing the recipient’s name. Above the plaque (in three lines), the inscription, “FOR MILITARY MERIT,” in raised letters, with the word MILITARY slightly arched.