Awards of the Civil Air Patrol

 
Silver Medal of Valor

 

Awarded for distinguished and conspicuous heroic action, at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of normal duty.
(As of August 2011 awarded less than 150 times)
Awarded to Cadet Avery Yates from Kentucky at National Boards 2011


 Bronze Medal of Valor

 
 
Awarded for distinguished and conspicuous heroic action where danger to self is probable and known.

 
Distinguished Service Medal

 
 
Awarded for conspicuous performance of outstanding service in a duty of great responsibility where the position held and results obtained reflect upon the accomplishments and prestige of CAP on a national scale.


 Exceptional Service Award

 
 
Awarded for exceptionally outstanding service to CAP in a duty of great responsibility while serving in any capacity with CAP. However, the duty should carry the ultimate responsibility for the successful operation of a region, wing, or major project within the region or wing.


 Meritorious Service Award


 

Awarded for outstanding achievement or meritorious service rendered specifically on behalf of CAP. Superior performance of normal duties does not, in itself, constitute automatic justification for the Meritorious Service Award. This award recognizes achievements and services which are clearly outstanding and unmistakably exceptional when compared to similar achievements and accomplishments of personnel of like rank and responsibilities.


 Commanders Commendation Award


 




 Awarded for outstanding duty performance where achievements and services are clearly and unmistakably exceptional when compared to similar achievements and service of members of like rank and responsibility. The Exceptional Service Award and the Meritorious Service Award differ from the Commanders’ Commendation Award in that they recognize achievements and services significantly above and beyond normal duty performance.

This award may be presented by a Wing, Region or National Commander.
(1) Members who earn the award as authorized by the Wing Commander will be awarded the basic ribbon.
(2) A bronze star is added to the ribbon when the award is authorized by the Region Commander.
(3) A silver star is added to the ribbon when the award is authorized by the National Commander.
(4) In the event of multiple awards, the bronze or silver star is placed on the ribbon to the wearer’s right of any clasps for multiple awards at any level. Only one bronze or silver star (one star of each type) will be worn.


 CAP Achievement Award


 


 Awarded for outstanding service to the unit, group or wing.

Lifesaving Award



 


Awarded to members who save a human life, but do not meet the criteria for the Bronze or Silver Medal of Valor. Members who are credited with a save as a result of participation in a blood or organ transport mission will be awarded the basic ribbon. A silver star will be attached to the ribbon in recognition of lifesaving actions other than blood or organ transport.


National Commanders Unit Citation

 

The National Commander’s Unit Citation Award is awarded only at the discretion of the National Commander to units providing services or achievements above and beyond those normally recognized by a Unit Citation Award.
Members are awarded the National Commander’s Unit Citation ribbon if they were members of the unit during the time period for which the citation is awarded. Once awarded, members may continue to wear the ribbon even if they transfer out of the unit at a later date.


Unit Citation Award


Awarded to CAP units for exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement which clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units.
Members are awarded the Unit Citation ribbon if they were members of the unit during the time period for which the citation is awarded. Once awarded, members may continue to wear the ribbon even if they transfer out of the unit at a later date.

A. Scott Crossfield Award



 
Awarded to Senior Aerospace Education Officers that have achieved the Master rating in the Aerospace Education Track.

Brigadier General Charles "Chuck" Yeager Aerospace Award



 
 
Awarded to Senior Members that successfully pass the Aerospace Education Exam.

Command Service Ribbon


 

 

 

 



Awarded to Senior Members that have served one continuous year of service as commander. 
Two Gold Stars denotes National Commander.
One Gold Star denotes Region Commander.
Silver Star denotes Wing Commander.
Bronze Star denotes Group Commander.
Basic Ribbon denotes Squadron Commander.
Only the highest level of service is worn.

Red Service Ribbon


 

 



Awarded to Cadets or Seniors that have two or more years of service to the Civil Air Patrol.
Basic ribbon denotes two years, a bronze propeller clasp is awarded at five years, and every five years after that till twenty years of service.  At twenty years of service or more the wearer is awarded a silver number denoting years of service in five year increments. 


Search Find Ribbon


 


 
Awarded by the wing commander to any CAP member of the wing making a find (distress or non-distress) on a search and rescue mission. A "distress find" is defined as one involving downed aircraft or persons in distress. Normally, a definite search objective must have been assigned, located, and positively identified. All other finds will be classified as "non-distress," e.g., location of non-distress emergency locator transmitters (ELTs). The basic ribbon is awarded for a first find (distress or non-distress). A bronze clasp is awarded for each additional distress find or for each additional 20 non-distress finds. Both aircrew and ground team members may receive credit for finds. Also, if desired, the Search "Find’ Ribbon may be painted on the aircraft in which the find was made.
 
Finds by Aircrew Members. In case of a search and rescue find by aircraft, a ribbon will be awarded to all crew members. This applies to both "find and rescue" operations and "find and report" operations. For example, when the search objective is sighted, rescue by aircraft may be impossible so the crew reports the find by relaying the information to an official ground station. A bronze three-bladed propeller device will be worn centered on the Search "Find" Ribbon earned as aircrew members.
 

Search and Rescue Ribbon


 



Presented to those who actively participate in 10 Air Force assigned Search and Rescue Sorties.  Air crew will wear a bronze propeller on the award to denote aircrew members.  Ground crews will be awarded sortie credit as follows, 1 sortie for Ground Search teams every 4 operational hours, not to exceed 3 sorties in a 24 hour period.  Base staff 1 sortie every 8 hours, not to exceed 2 sorties in a 24 hour period.  If a member preforms both Air and Ground crew during one assigned mission number, that member will be allowed to wear the propeller as air crew.   
 

Counter Drug Ribbon



 
Awarded to Senior members for participation in 10 Counter Drug Sorties.

Disaster Relief Ribbon


 


Awarded for participation in five actual/evaluated disaster relief missions and completion of two of the following requirements:

(1) All of the following Red Cross courses

(a) Introduction to Disaster Services: How the Red Cross Chapter Renders Emergency Assistance (b) Disaster Damage Assessment (c) Shelter Management  (2) The Red Cross course, Damage Assessment Supervision in Disaster (3) The Red Cross course, Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Advanced First Aid (4) Radiological Monitoring for Instructors

(5) Radiological Defense Officer Course (6) Airborne Radiological Monitoring Course (7) Participation in other equivalent disaster relief activities totaling at least 40 hours of activity certified by disaster relief agency. This could include any training similar to the above courses and/or actual mission activity (in addition to the five required missions).

 
The Disaster Relief Ribbon with a silver “V” device may be awarded to any CAP member who participates in a disaster relief effort for a Presidential declared disaster. Participation must be verified by the on-scene commander. Participation in any Presidential declared disaster since 1990 qualifies. A maximum of one “V” device will be worn. Individuals participating in more than one presidentially declared disaster may add a bronze clasp to the ribbon with “V” device beginning on the left side of the device.

 


Homeland Security Ribbon



 Awarded for participation in ten actual Homeland Security sorties as defined by the tasking organization as being in the interest of the security and/or defense of the nation. This ribbon applies to all members participating on the mission in any capacity. Personnel performing duties, such as base support or staff functions, may be credited with one sortie for each 8 hours of participation, but not to exceed two sorties for any 24-hour period. Clasps may be added to the ribbon for participation in every ten additional sorties.


Cadet Orientation Pilot Ribbon



 Awarded to members who provide 50 cadet orientation flights. Each cadet receiving credit for the flight, may be counted toward the total of 50. A bronze clasp may be added for each additional 50 flights.


Community Service Ribbon




This award is given to Cadets and Senior Members that complete sixty (60) hours of community service outside of service done by or with their unit.

International Air Cadet Exchange Ribbon



 
This award given to Cadets and Seniors that participate in the International Air Cadet Extange.  This program affords the Members the chance to travel to other countries and experience thier Civil Air Patrol program equilivants.  To be considered a canidate for the programs, the Cadets must have achieved their Earhart Award (Cadet Captain)
 

National Cadet Competition Ribbon


 

 


 
 
 
 Awarded to teams and escorts that compete in the National Drill Team Competition.  The basic ribbon is awarded for Wing winners. The bronze star is affixed for winning at the Region level.  With the silver star for those that win at the National Event.

National Color Guard Competition Ribbon


 

 


 
 
 
Awarded to teams and escorts that compete in the National Color Guard Competition.  The basic ribbon is awarded for Wing winners. The bronze star is affixed for winning at the Region level.  With the silver star for those that win at the National Event.

Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon


 

 

 



The Cadet Advisory Council Ribbon is awarded to Cadets that serve 1 year in a Cadet Advisory Council at any level.  The Cadet is allowed to wear the ribbon once earned as a Senior as well.  Only the highest level of service star is worn.

Basic Ribbon = Group Level CAC
Bronze Star = Wing Level CAC
Silver Star = Region CAC
Gold Star = National CAC


National Cadet Special Activities Ribbon




The National Cadet Special Activities Ribbon is awarded to Senior or Cadet Members that attend and complete a National Special Activity or staff for a National Special Activity. 


Encampment Ribbon




The Encampment Ribbon is awarded to Senior and Cadet members that complete Encampment or complete service as staff for encampment. 

Senior Recruiter Ribbon



 
This award is given to Senior Members that have recruited seven members to the Civil Air Patrol.  Members recruited as a cadet will count towards this award.

Cadet Recruiter Ribbon



 
This award is given to Cadet Members that have recruited two or more members to the Civil Air Patrol.

Air Force Association
Squadron Cadet of the Year




 

Air Force Sergeants
Squadron NCO of the Year




 

VFW Cadet Officer Award



 

VFW Cadet NCO Award



 

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