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   Air Force Recognition Ribbon
Service: Air Force
Instituted: 1980
Authorized: AFI 36-2803
Issuing Country: ( US ) - UNITED STATES
Air Force Recognition Ribbon
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  1. This ribbon was authorized by the Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force on Oct. 12, 1980.
  2. It is awarded to named individual Air Force recipients of special trophies and awards except the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year nominees.
  3. Bronze oak-leaf clusters will be worn on the ribbon bar to indicate subsequent awards.

  1. Award to named individual recipients of Air Force-level special trophies and awards. Refer to AFI 36-2805, Special Trophies and Awards, regarding awards eligible for the ribbon. This ribbon is not authorized for individuals assigned to a unit when the unit receives a special award. OLCs denote subsequent awards. The functional manager will provide an authorization letter.