DOD issues Afghanistan, Iraq campaign stars

| July 7, 2011 | 0 Comments
Bronze campaign stars are now authorized for service members who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009.

Bronze campaign stars are now authorized for service members who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009.

Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service 

WASHINGTON — Bronze campaign stars are now authorized for service members who have served in Iraq since Sept. 1, 2010, or in Afghanistan since Dec. 1, 2009, Defense Department officials announced, June 30.

The new campaign stars, worn on the Iraq and Afghanistan campaign medals, recognize service during Operation New Dawn in Iraq and the Consolidation III campaign phase in Afghanistan.

OND began Sept. 1, 2010, marking the official end of Operation Iraqi Freedom and U.S. combat operations in Iraq with a new focus on advising, assisting and training Iraqi security forces.

The Consolidation III campaign in Afghanistan began Dec. 1, 2009, the date President Barack Obama committed to sending 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, with a plan to begin drawing down that force in July.

Services will announce implementing instructions to their members about wear of the new campaign stars.

Service members who have qualified for the Iraq Campaign Medal and Afghanistan Campaign Medal may display a bronze campaign star on their medal for each campaign phase in which they participated.

A silver campaign star is issued in lieu of five bronze stars.

Campaign phases

Six other campaign phases were previously identified for Iraq, including these:

•Liberation of Iraq, March 19-May 1, 2003

•Transition of Iraq, May 2, 2003-June 28, 2004

•Iraqi Governance, June 29, 2004-Dec. 15, 2005

•National Resolution, Dec. 16, 2005-Jan. 9, 2007

•Iraqi Surge, Jan. 10, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008

•Iraqi Sovereignty,  Jan. 1, 2009-Aug. 31, 2010

In Afghanistan, there are three previously identified campaign phases, including these:

•Liberation of Afghanistan, Sept. 11-Nov. 30, 2001

•Consolidation I, Dec. 1, 2001-Sept. 30, 2006

•Consolidation II,  Oct. 1, 2006-Nov. 30, 2009

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