Iraq Campaign Medal
The Iraq Campaign Medal was awarded to any member of the U.S. military who performed duty within
the borders of Iraq (or its territorial waters) for a period of thirty consecutive days or sixty
non-consecutive days. The medal was awarded retroactively from 19 March 2003 until the end of
Operation New Dawn on 31 December 2011. Personnel who engaged in combat with an enemy force,
or personnel wounded in combat or wounded as a result of a terrorist attack within Iraq received
the Iraq Campaign Medal regardless of the number of days spent within the country.
In addition, each day participating in aerial missions as a "regularly assigned air crewmember of
an aircraft flying sorties into, out of, within or over Iraq and in direct support of the military
operations" established a single day of eligibility, when the required minimum days of eligibility
were accrued, the medal was then awarded."