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:
ENDURING FREEDOM (Afghanistan)
Sept. 11, 2001 to Dec. 31, 2014
Jan. 1, 2015 to Current
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 …