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Awards and decorations of the United States government are civilian awards of the U.S. federal government which are typically issued for sustained meritorious service, in a civilian capacity, while serving in the U.S. federal government. Certain U.S. government awards may also be issued to military personnel of the United States Armed Forces and be worn in conjunction with awards and decorations of the United States military. In order of precedence, those U.S. non-military awards and decorations authorized for wear, are worn after U.S. military personal decorations and unit awards and before U.S. military campaign and service awards.

The following is a selection of civilian awards which are presently issued by the U.S. government.

Office of the President of the United StatesEdit

Senior Executive ServiceEdit

United States CongressEdit

  • Noribbon Congressional Gold Medal
  • Noribbon Congressional Silver Medal
  • Noribbon Congressional Bronze Medal
  • Noribbon Congressional Gold Certificate
  • Noribbon Congressional Silver Certificate
  • Noribbon Congressional Bronze Certificate
  • PYFA Presidential Youth Fitness Award Ribbon Congressional Award for Youth
  • Noribbon Congressional Award Month Guide

United States Intelligence CommunityEdit

The National Intelligence Awards (NIA) Program is administered by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the United States Intelligence Community (IC).[5]

National Intelligence Community AwardsEdit

Significant contribution awards[6]
National Intelligence Public Service Awards[6]
Special eligibility awards[6]
Former award prior to establishment of the NIA Program

Central Intelligence AgencyEdit

CIA Awards[7]

Department of CommerceEdit

National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationEdit

  • NOAA Meritorious Service Medal NOAA Corps Meritorious Service Medal
  • Administrators Award NOAA Administrator’s Award
  • NOAA Corps Commendation NOAA Corps Commendation Medal
  • NOAA Special Achievement Ribbon NOAA Corps Achievement Medal
  • NOAA Corps Directios Aw NOAA Corps Director's Ribbon
  • NOAA Citation NOAA Units Citation Award

Non-government decorationsEdit

Non-governmental organizations[8]
  • NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers (ACO) Awards
NOAA ACO Award Junior Officer of the Year = NOAA ACO Award Medal (without attachments)
USA - NOAA ACO Award With S Science Award = NOAA ACO Award Medal (with bronze "S" device)
ACO2 Engineering Award = NOAA ACO Award Medal (with bronze "E" device)
  • Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Awards
SAME-Colbert Medal Ribbon Society of American Military Engineers' Colbert Medal
SAME-Karo Award Ribbon Society of American Military Engineers Karo Award

Campaign and service awardsEdit

  • NOAA Volunteer Service Medal NOAA Corps Outstanding Volunteer Service Award Medal
  • NOAA Corps Sea Service Deployment Ribbon NOAA Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (no longer awarded)
  • NOAA Corps Atlantic Sea Svc NOAA Corps Atlantic Sea Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps Pacific Sea Svc R NOAA Corps Pacific Sea Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps Mobile Duty NOAA Corps Mobile Duty Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps International Svc R NOAA Corps International Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Rifle Ribbon NOAA Rifle Ribbon (no longer awarded)
  • NOAA Pistol Ribbon NOAA Pistol Ribbon (no longer awarded)

Incentive awards (without medal or ribbon)Edit

  • NOAA Technology Transfer Award[9]
  • NOAA Distinguished Career Award

Department of DefenseEdit

DOD-level awards for civilian serviceEdit

DOD-level awards for private citizensEdit

Office of the Secretary of DefenseEdit

OSD-level awards for civilian serviceEdit

OSD-level awards for civilian service or private citizensEdit

  • USA - DOD Exceptional Public Service Award Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service
  • Noribbon Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Outstanding Achievement

Joint Chiefs of StaffEdit

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  • USA - JCSDPS CJCS Award for Distinguished Public Service (DPS)
  • USA - JCSOPS CJCS Award for Outstanding Public Service (OPS)
  • JCSDCS CJCS Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award (JDSCA)
  • USA - JCSMCS CJCS Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award (JMCSA)
  • USA - JCSCSC Joint Civilian Service Commendation Award (JCSCA), its military equivalent is the Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • JCSCSAM Joint Civilian Service Achievement Award (JCSAA), its military equivalent is the Joint Service Achievement Medal

DOD Office of the Inspector General (OIG)Edit

  • USA - DOD IG Distinguished Civilian Service DOD Inspector General Distinguished Service Award
  • USA - DOD IG Superior Civilian Service DOD Inspector General Superior Civilian Service Award
  • USA - DOD IG Meritorious Civilian Service DOD Inspector General Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Department of the ArmyEdit

Department of the Army awards for civilian serviceEdit

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Department of the Army awards for public serviceEdit

Department of the Air ForceEdit

Department of the NavyEdit

Defense Commissary AgencyEdit

Defense Contract Audit AgencyEdit

  • Defense Contract Audit Agency Distinguished Service Medal ribbon Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency - Meritorious Civilian Service Medal Ribbon Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)Edit

Defense Information Systems AgencyEdit

  • DISA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal DISA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  • DISA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal DISA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Defense Intelligence AgencyEdit

  • DIA Award for Meritorious Civilian Service DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  • USA - DIA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal DIA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  • DIA Civilian Achievment Medal DIA Civilian Achievement Medal
  • USA - DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal DIA Award for Excellence Medal
  • Dir DIA Award DIA Director's Award
  • USA - DIA Leadership Award DIA Leadership Award
  • USA - DIA Civilian Combat Support Medal DIA Civilian Combat Support Medal
  • USA - DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal

Defense Logistics AgencyEdit

  • Distinguished Career Service Award Distinguished Career Service Award
  • Meritorious Civilian Service Award Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • Superior Civilian Service Award Superior Civilian Service Award

Defense Supply AgencyEdit

  • DSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award DSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)Edit

  • USA - DTRA Distinguished Service Award DTRA Distinguished Service Award
  • USA - DTRA Meritorious Service Award DTRA Meritorious Service Award
  • USA - DTRA Exceptional Service Award DTRA Exceptional Service Award
Formerly the Defense Special Weapons Agency (DSWA) Awards
  • USA - DSWA Director's Lifetime Achievement Award DSWA Director's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • USA - DSWA Exceptional Civilian Service Award DSWA Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  • USA - DSWA Meritorious Civilian Service DSWA Meritorious Civilian Service Award
NGA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Image of NGA's Meritorious Civilian Service Medal as awarded to honorees

National Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyEdit

Formerly known as the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awards the following medals to honor its DoD civilian employees for outstanding service:

  • NIMA Distinguished Civilian Service NIMA or NGA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  • NIMA Meritorious Civilian Service NIMA or NGA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  • NIMA Superior Civilian Service NIMA or NGA Superior Civilian Service Medal
  • NIMA or NGA Meritorious Unit Citation

National Reconnaissance OfficeEdit

  • NRO Distinguished Service NRO Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Medal)
  • NRO Superior Service NRO Superior Service Medal (Silver Medal)
  • NRO Meritorious Service NRO Meritorious Service Medal (Bronze Medal)
  • NRO Director's Circle Award

National Security AgencyEdit

  • NSA Svc 2 NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal

Department of EducationEdit

Employee awardsEdit

  • Noribbon Secretary's Golden Apple Award
  • Noribbon Secretary's Executive Leadership Award
  • Noribbon Secretary's Supervisory Leadership Award
  • Noribbon Secretary's Innovation Award
  • Noribbon Secretary's Customer Service Award
  • Noribbon Secretary's Teamwork Award
  • Noribbon Secretary's Diversity and Inclusion Award
  • Noribbon Secretary's Collaboration Award
  • Noribbon ED Peer Recognition Award
  • Noribbon James P. Keenan Award

Public awardsEdit

National Blue Ribbon Schools seal

Insignia that designates a Blue Ribbon School

  • Noribbon Presidential Scholar Medallion – Awarded to the nations top 141 graduating High School Seniors. 20 of these are Presidential Scholars in the Arts. This award is commissioned under an executive order from the President. Recipients are chosen under the Department of Education, and visit the White House to meet the President.
  • Noribbon National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
  • Noribbon PEAP-E President's Education Excellence Awards Program for Elementary Schools (with Certificate and Gold Seal in Blue Pin) (since 1983)
  • Noribbon PEAP-E President's Education Excellence Awards Program for Middle Schools (with Certificate and Gold Seal in Red Pin) (since 1983)
  • Noribbon PEAP-E President's Education Excellence Awards Program for High Schools (with Certificate and Gold Seal in Black Pin) (since 1983)
  • Noribbon PEAP-A President's Education Achievement Awards Program for Elementary, Middle and High Schools (with Certificate and Silver Seal in White Pin) (since 1983)

Department of EnergyEdit

In June 2007, Secretary Samuel Bodman introduced a new awards program[15] for non-monetary recognition of its employees and contractors.

Secretary's Honor Awards
Honor awards that are presented annually and replaces the previous Secretary's Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
  1. The James R. Schlesinger Award – recipient receives a polished brass and mahogany clock along with a shadow box framed calligraphy certificate signed by the Secretary of Energy and a commemorative medal honoring former Secretary of Energy James R. Schlesinger.
  2. Secretary of Energy's Excellence Award – recipient receives a crystal medallion award and leather-encased certificate
  3. Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award – recipient receives a crystal statue award and leather-encased certificate
Secretary's Appreciation Award
Appreciation awards that are presented at any time
Departure Awards
Departure awards may be presented upon retirement or departure from the agency
  1. Secretary of Energy's Exceptional Service Award
  2. Secretary of Energy's Distinguished Service Award
  3. Secretary of Energy's Meritorious Service Award
  • Department of Energy - Award for Valor ribbon DOE Award for Valor
  • USA - DOE - Secretary's Award DOE Secretary's Award
  • Department of Energy - Exceptional Service Medal ribbon DOE Exceptional Service Medal
  • Department of Energy - Meritorious Service Award ribbon DOE Meritorious Service Award

Department of Health and Human ServicesEdit

  • Noribbon HHS Secretary's Recognition Award
  • Noribbon HHS Secretary's Special Citation
  • Noribbon HHS Secretary’s Certificate of Appreciation
  • Noribbon HHS Secretary's Letter of Appreciation
  • Noribbon HHS Distinguished Public Service Award
  • Noribbon HHS Medallion Seal Award
  • Noribbon HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service

National Institutes of HealthEdit

  • Noribbon NIH Director's Award – Scientific/Medical
  • Noribbon NIH Director's Award – Technical/Clerical/Support
  • Noribbon NIH Director's Award – Administrative
  • Noribbon NIH Director's Award – Mentoring

United States Public Health Service Commissioned CorpsEdit

  • USPHS Dist Svc Aw Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal
  • USPHSMSM Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal
  • Surgeon General's Medallion ribbon Surgeon General's Medallion
  • Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal ribbon Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal
  • USPHS Outst Svc M Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal
  • USPHS Commendation Public Health Service Commendation Medal
  • 80px Public Health Service Achievement Medal
  • USPHS Citation Public Health Service Citation Medal
  • USPHS Outst Unit Citation Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation (ribbon only)
  • USPHS - Unit Commendation Public Health Service Unit Commendation (ribbon only)
  • 80pxPublic Health Service Smallpox Campaign Award
  • USPHS Global Health Campaign Medal ribbon Public Health Service Global Health Campaign Medal
  • USPHS Haz Duty Svc Aw Public Health Service Hazardous Duty Service Award
  • US PHS Foreign Duty Svc Aw Public Health Service Foreign Duty Service Award
  • USPHS Spec Assign Service Public Health Service Special Assignment Service Award
  • USPHS Isolated Hardship Public Health Service Isolated Hardship Service Award
  • USPHS Crisis Response Ribbon Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award
  • USPHS Global Response Ribbon Public Health Service Global Response Service Award
  • USPHS Response Ribbon Public Health Service Response Service Award
  • USPHS Nat Emerg Preparedness Public Health Service National Emergency Preparedness Award
  • USPHS Recruitment Service Ribbon Public Health Service Recruitment Service Ribbon
  • USPHS Global Health Initiatives Service Medal ribbon Public Health Service Global Health Initiative Service Medal
  • USPHS Bi-cent Unit Cmd Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award
  • USPHS Regular Corps R Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Commiss Corps Trg R Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon (ribbon only)

Other Public Health Service Association Ribbons

  • USPHS Assoc Am Mil Surg Association of Military Surgeons of the United States
  • USPHS Comm Offr Assn R Commissioned Officers Association
  • USPHS Res Officers Association Reserve Officers Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)Edit

  • Noribbon CDC/ATSDR William Watson Medal of Excellence (no ribbon)

President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and NutritionEdit

Department of Homeland SecurityEdit

  • DHS Secretary's Gold Medal Secretary's Gold Medal
  • DHS Secretary's Silver Medal Secretary's Silver Medal
  • Noribbon Secretary's Award for Valor
  • Noribbon Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service
  • Noribbon Secretary's Award for Excellence
  • Noribbon Secretary's Award for TEAM DHS Excellence
  • Noribbon Secretary's Award for Diversity Management
  • Noribbon Secretary's Award for Volunteer Service

U.S. Customs and Border ProtectionEdit

  • NA Ribbon Border Patrol Newton Azrak Award
  • Us2bpdcsa Commissioners Distinguished Career Service Award (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Bpesa Commissioners Exceptional Service Medal (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Us2bpmsa Commissioners Meritorious Service Award (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Us2bpsca Commissioners Special Commendation Award (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Us2bpccm Border Patrol Chief's Commendation (Awarded from 2002–2004)
  • Us2bpgeaa Border Patrol Excellence in Group Achievement (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Border Patrol Purple Cross Wound Medal ribbon Border Patrol Purple Cross
  • Us2bpaha Border Patrol Academy Honor Graduate Medal (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Us2bplsm Border Patrol Long Service Medal (Proposed in 2002, Never Authorized)
  • Border Patrol 75th medal ribbon 2a Border Patrol 75th Anniversary Medal (No Longer Authorized for Wear)

Federal Emergency Management AgencyEdit

  • FEMA Distinguished Service Medal FEMA Distinguished Service Medal
  • Noribbon Secretary's Award For Distinguished Public Safety Service (may be awarded by the Attorney General or FEMA Director)

U.S. Coast GuardEdit

U.S. Secret ServiceEdit

  • Noribbon Director's Award of Valor
  • Noribbon Director's Life Saving Award
  • Noribbon Director's Distinguished Service Award

Department of the InteriorEdit

Honor Awards

  • Noribbon Distinguished Service Award
  • Noribbon Meritorious Service Award
  • Noribbon Unit Award for Excellence of Service
  • Noribbon Superior Service Award
  • Noribbon Citizen's Award for Exceptional Service

Heroic Act Honor Awards

  • Noribbon Valor Award
  • Noribbon Citizen's Award for Bravery
  • Noribbon Exemplary Act Award

Other Honor Awards

  • Noribbon Departmental Unsung Hero Award
  • Noribbon Secretary's Diversity Award
  • Noribbon Environmental Achievement Award
  • Noribbon Award of Merit (Safety)
  • Noribbon Professional Service Award (Safety)
  • Noribbon Outstanding Service Award (for Political Appointees)
  • Noribbon Partners in Conservation Award

Department of JusticeEdit

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and ExplosivesEdit

  • BATF Distinguished Service r ATF Distinguished Service Medal
  • ATF Gold Star r ATF Gold Star Medal
  • ATF Medal of Valor r ATF Medal of Valor

Drug Enforcement AdministrationEdit

Federal Bureau of InvestigationEdit

Federal Bureau of PrisonsEdit

Department of StateEdit

Honor AwardsEdit

Service AwardsEdit

United States Agency for International DevelopmentEdit

United States Information Agency/Broadcasting Board of GovernorsEdit

Arms Control and Disarmament AgencyEdit

Foreign Agricultural ServiceEdit

  • Noribbon Distinguished Honor Award
  • Noribbon Superior Honor Award
  • Noribbon Meritorious Honor Award

Animal and Plant Health Inspection ServiceEdit

  • Noribbon Distinguished Honor Award
  • Noribbon Superior Honor Award
  • Noribbon Meritorious Honor Award

Department of TransportationEdit

Federal Aviation AdministrationEdit

  • FAA Valor Medal FAA Valor Medal

Maritime AdministrationEdit

United States Merchant Marine

Department of the TreasuryEdit

  • Noribbon Albert Gallatin Award
  • Noribbon Secretary of the Treasury's Distinguished Service Award

Internal Revenue ServiceEdit

  • Noribbon IRS Commissioner's Award

Office of Thrift SupervisionEdit

  • Noribbon OTS Director's Award for Excellence

Environmental Protection AgencyEdit

  • Environmental Protection Agency Exceptional Service Ribbon - type 1 EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service (individual and group)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Superior Service Ribbon (Silver) 2 EPA Silver Medal for Superior Service (individual and group)
  • USA - EPA Commendable Service Award EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service (individual and group)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Distinguished Service Ribbon EPA Distinguished Career Service Award
  • Noribbon Paul G. Keough Award for Administrative Excellence
  • Noribbon Glenda A. Farmer Award for Exemplary Technical Support
  • Noribbon Trudy A. Speciner Non-Supervisory Award for Advancing Environmental Protection
  • Noribbon President's Environmental Youth Award[4]

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)Edit

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s most prestigious honor awards are approved by the NASA administrator and presented to carefully selected individuals or groups of individuals, either government and non-government, who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the agency’s mission.[16]

Early NASA references to award criteria grouped many awards into equal positions in the order of precedence. Beginning in 1965, references to the order of precedence were dropped from regulations regarding specific awards. The current order of precedence for NASA medals is:[17][18]

National Science Foundation (NSF)Edit

Office of Personnel ManagementEdit

  • OPM-MSM OPM Meritorious Service Medal

Selective Service SystemEdit

  • SSS Distinguished Service Selective Service System Distinguished Service Medal
  • SSS Exceptional Service Selective Service System Exceptional Service Medal
  • SSS Meritorious Service Selective Service System Meritorious Service Medal
  • SSS WWII Service Selective Service System WW II Service Medal

President's Council on Year 2000 ConversionEdit

  • Y2K Conversion Medal Y2K Service Medal

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://www.paemst.org/ PAEMST
  2. http://www1.eere.energy.gov/femp/services/awards_presidential.html Presidential Awards for Leadership in Federal Energy Management
  3. http://www.preserveamerica.gov/presidentialaward.html Preserve America Presidential Awards
  4. 4.0 4.1 http://www.epa.gov/peya/ President's Environmental Youth Awards
  5. http://www.fas.org/irp/dni/icd/icd-655.pdf
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Intelligence Community Directive Number 655". 9 February 2012. http://www.dni.gov/electronic_reading_room/ICD_655.pdf. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  7. CIA web page, Medals of the CIA
  8. http://beta.noaacorps.noaa.gov/cpc/procedures/corps_directives/chapter_12/ncd_ch12part7.pdf
  9. http://www.corporateservices.noaa.gov/~ames/NAOs/Chap_202/naos202_451A.html#APPEND_E
  10. "US Army Civilian Personnel Online". December 2, 2008. http://cpol.army.mil/library/mer/awards/afcsm.html. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  11. "US Army Civilian Personnel Online". April 1, 2009. http://cpol.army.mil/library/mer/awards/gwot-medal.html. Retrieved December 11, 2010. 
  12. McChrystal, Stanley A.. "CJCSI 1100.01C Joint Staff Military and Civilian Awards Program". Defense Technical Information Center. http://www.dtic.mil/cjcs_directives/cdata/unlimit/1100_01.pdf. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  13. MER: Awards Index Department of the Army Honorary Awards for DA Employees
  14. "US Army Civilian Personnel Online". December 2, 2008. http://cpol.army.mil/library/mer/awards/cahs.html. Retrieved September 14, 2012. 
  15. http://humancapital.doe.gov/pers/SecretaryBodmanMemo.pdf DOE Secretary Awards Program
  16. McCann, Mike (November 2008). "Agency Honor Awards". Archived from the original on July 16, 2009. http://web.archive.org/web/20090716093612/http://nasapeople.nasa.gov/awards/nasamedals.htm. Retrieved July 14, 2009. 
  17. Bender, James and Strandberg, John E. The Call Of Duty (expanded edition) January 1, 2005, p. 487.
  18. "Agency Honor Awards". NASA Awards. NASA. http://nasapeople.nasa.gov/awards/nasamedals.htm. Retrieved 12 September 2013. 

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