DOD Announces Operation Freedom’s Sentinel Qualifies for Campaign Medal

The Department of Defense announced Operation Freedom’s Sentinel as a qualifying operation for award of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Additionally, the transition from Operation Enduring Freedom to Freedom’s Sentinel also marks a new campaign phase, “Transition II,” for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.

Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing these changes retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015.

The qualifying Afghanistan Campaign Medal operations, campaign phases, and associated inclusive dates for each are as follows:



Sept. 11, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2014


Jan. 1, 2015 to Current

Campaign Phase

Liberation of Afghanistan Sept. 11, 2001 to Nov. 30, 2001

Consolidation I Dec. 1, 2001 to Sept. 30, 2006

Consolidation II Oct. 1, 2006 to Nov. 30, 2009

Consolidation III Dec. 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011

Transition I July 1, 2011 to Dec. 31, 2014

Transition II Jan. 1, 2015 to Current


Service members should contact their respective military departments for additional guidance.

To learn more, please view the department’s memorandum at … MedalOperationFreedomsSentinel.pdf?source=GovDelivery.