A bronze medal, 1 3/8 inches in diameter,
bearing on the obverse the NATO emblem (a four pointed star emitting a ray
from each point superimposed on an annulet) enclosed in base by a wreath
of olive. The reverse side has a band inscribed "NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY
ORGANIZATION" at top and "ORGANISATION DU TRAITE DE LATLANTIQUE NORD"
at the bottom. In the center is a sprig of olive between the inscription
"IN SERVICE OF PEACE AND FREEDOM" above and "AU SERVICE DE LA PAIX ET DE
LA LIBERTE" below.
The ribbon is 1 3/8 inches wide and
consists of the following stripes: 5/32 inch Yale Blue 67176; 1/8 inch White
67101; 13/16 inch Yale Blue; 1/8 inch White; and 5/32 inch Yale Blue.
Authorized by the Secretary General
of NATO for specific NATO operations. In accordance with Executive Order
11446, the Secretary of Defense, with the concurrence of the Secretary of
State, may approve acceptance for operations and authorize the wear by US
Service members who meet the criteria specified by the Secretary General
of NATO. The acceptance of the NATO Medal has been approved for US Military
personnel who serve under NATO Command or operational control in direct support
of NATO operations in the former Republic of Yugoslavia, or as designated
by Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR), from 1 July 1992 through a
future date to be determined.
The NATO Medal presentation set, received
from a NATO representative, normally includes the regular size medal and
ribbon bar. It may include a clasp denoting the specific operation for which
the award was made. US Service members are authorized to retain the ribbon
clasp if presented; however, the wearing of a ribbon clasp with the NATO
Medal or service ribbon is not authorized. A miniature NATO Medal is available
from commercial sources.
a. To recognize
subsequent awards (if approved by the Secretary of Defense) for service in
a different NATO operation, US Service members will affix a bronze service
star to the NATO Medal suspension ribbon and service ribbon.
b. The NATO Medal
will normally be presented by the SACEUR Headquarters exercising operational
command or control over US military units or individuals prior to their departure
from service with NATO.
c. The NATO Medal
shall have the same precedence as the UN Medal, but shall rank immediately
below the UN Medal when the wearer has been awarded both