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A gold frame is an attachment to a military decoration which is issued by most of the world’s militaries. The gold frame is designed to enclose an award ribbon and is usually a means of distinguishing the ribbon’s special quality or denoting some additional achievement to the award's basic criteria.

The gold frame is normally an automatic attachment to a ribbon decoration. In certain cases, however, awards may be issued both with and without the gold frame depending upon the level of achievement. Such is the case in the United States Air Force which denotes the gold frame as a "gold border". The Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon may be presented with a gold border when the decoration is presented for service in a designated combat zone.

The gold frame and gold border is a device for ribbon awards only, and there are no provisions for issuing the attachment for medals.

United StatesEdit

Active DutyEdit

Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg Presidential Unit Citation (Army & Air Force.) (Air Force version may be issued without gold border)
Joint Meritorious Unit Award ribbon.svg Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Valorous Unit Award ribbon.svg Valorous Unit Award (Army)
Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army)
Army Superior Unit Award ribbon.svg Superior Unit Award (Army)
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with gold border.png Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon (Air Force) (May be issued without gold border)
Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Unit Award (USCG; now obsolete)

National GuardEdit

Alaska National Guard - Governor's Distinguished Unit Citation.png Alaska Governors Distinguished Unit Citation
CA Governor's Outstanding Unit Citation.JPG California Governor's Outstanding Unit Citation
CA Commanding General's Meritorious Unit Citation.JPG California Commanding General's Meritorious Unit Citation
DE National Guard Governors Meritorious Unit Award.png Delaware National Guard Governor's Meritorious Unit Award
DE National Guard Unit Strength Award.png Delaware National Guard Unit Strength Award
Florida Governor's Meritorious Unit Citation.gif Florida Governor's Meritorious Unit Citation
GA National Guard Distinguished Unit.png Georgia Distinguished Unit Ribbon
ID Governors Outstanding Unit.PNG Idaho Governor's Outstanding Unit Citation
ID Adjutant Generals Excellence Award.PNG Idaho Adjutant General's Excellence Award
IANG Outstanding Unit Ribbon.png Iowa Outstanding Unit Award
FE Herbert Mer Unit Com.jpg Louisiana F.E. Herbert Meritorious Unit Commendation
MDNGAGDUR.JPG Maryland Adjutant General's Distinguished Unit Ribbon
MA Meritorious Unit Citation.png Massachusetts Meritorious Unit Citation
NVNG Governor's Outstanding Unit Award.png Nevada Governor's Outstanding Unit Award
Njgua.jpg New Jersey Governor's Unit Award
Njusa.jpg New Jersey Unit Strength Award
New Mexico Outstanding Unit Citation.png New Mexico Outstanding Unit Citation
Ncguc.jpg North Carolina Governor's Unit Citation
Ncmuc.jpg North Carolina Meritorious Unit Citation
Ncoua.jpg North Carolina Outstanding Unit Award
NDARNG Outstanding Unit Citation.png North Dakota State Outstanding Unit Citation
NDNG Governors Outstanding Unit Citation.png North Dakota Governor's Outstanding Unit Citation
OK Governor's Distinguished Unit Award.png Oklahoma Governor's Distinguished Unit Award
Oklahoma National Guard Commander’s Trophy Award Ribbon.png Oklahoma Commander’s Trophy Award Ribbon
OR-SUR.jpg Oregon Superior Unit Ribbon
PA GUC.JPG Pennsylvania Governor's Unit Citation
Gubernatorial Unit Award.JPG Rhode Island Gubernatorial Unit Award
SC Governor's Unit Citation.JPG South Carolina Governor's Unit Citation
SDNG Desert Storm Unit Citation.png South Dakota Desert Storm Unit Citation
SD NG Unit Citation.png South Dakota Unit Citation
SD NG Distinguished Unit Award.png South Dakota Distinguished Unit Award
TNNG Governor`s Meritorious Unit.png Tennessee Meritorious Unit Citation
TNNG Distinguished Unit.png Tennessee Distinguished Unit Citation
TNNG Outstanding Unit Performance.png Tennessee Outstanding Unit Performance Commendation
TNNG Volunteer Recruiting & Retention Unit.png Tennessee Volunteer Recruiting and Retention Unit Citation
TxGovCit.jpg Texas Governor's Unit Citation
WAUC.jpg Washington Unit Citation
WVNG Distinguished Unit Award.png West Virginia Distinguished Unit Award


80px Unit Citation for Gallantry (Australia)
80px Meritorious Unit Citation (Australia)
Presidential Unit Citation (South Korea).svg Presidential Unit Citation (Korea)
Luxembourg Croix de guerre unit.jpg Croix de Guerre unit award (Luxembourg)
Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines).svg Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines)
Presidential Unit Citation (Vietnam).svg Presidential Unit Citation (Vietnam)
Vietnam gallantry cross unit award-3d.svg Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (Vietnam)
VNCivilActionsRibbon-2.svg Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation (Vietnam)

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