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Defense Distinguished Service Medal

The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is a United and within the pentagon the inscription "From The Secre-
States military award which is presented for exceptionally tary of Defense To," all in raised letters.
distinguished performance of duty contributing to the na-
Additional awards of the Defense Distinguished Service
tional security or defense of the United States. The medal Medal are denoted by oak leaf clusters.
was created on July 9, 1970 by President Richard Nixon
in Executive Order 11545.[1]
3 Notable recipients
1 Criteria David Howell Petraeus (four awards)

It is the United Statess highest non-combat related mil- Jeremy Michael Boorda (two awards)[3]
itary award and it is the highest joint service deco-
ration. The Defense Distinguished Service Medal is Ronald Burgess
awarded only while assigned to a joint activity. Nor- Robert H. Conn
mally, such responsibilities deserving of the Defense Dis-
tinguished Service Medal are held by the most senior of- Grace Hopper[4]
cers such as the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Sta, the Chiefs and Vice Chiefs of the Daniel James, Jr.[5]
Services, and Commanders and Deputy Commanders of John F. Kelly
the Combatant Commands, the Director of the Joint Sta
etc., whose duties bring them frequently into direct con- Charles R. Larson[6]
tact with the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary
of Defense, and other senior government ocials. In ad- James Mattis
dition, the medal may also be awarded to other service
William McRaven
members whose direct and individual contributions to na-
tional security or national defense are recognized as being Carl Epting Mundy, Jr.[7]
so exceptional in scope and value as to be equivalent to
contributions normally associated with positions encom- Colin Powell
passing broader responsibilities.[2]
Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
This decoration takes precedence over the Distinguished
Service Medals of the separate services and is not to Carlisle Trost[8]
be awarded to any individual for a period of service for
Earle Wheeler[9]
which an Army, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard Distin-
guished Service Medal is awarded. Anthony Zinni[10]

2 Appearance 4 References
The medal is gold in color and on the obverse it features [1] Air Force Personnel Center Defense Distinguished Ser-
a medium blue enameled pentagon (point up). Super- vice Medal
imposed on this is an American bald eagle with wings
[2] Institute of Heraldry Defense Distinguished Service
outspread facing left grasping three crossed arrows in its Medal
talons and on its breast is a shield of the United States.
The pentagon and eagle are enclosed within a gold pieced [3] MilitaryTimes
circle consisting, in the upper half of 13 ve-pointed stars
[4] UPI (15 August 1986). Computer Whiz Retires from
and in the lower half, a wreath of laurel on the left and
Navy. Detroit Free Press. p. 4A.
olive on the right. At the top is a suspender of ve gradu-
ated gold rays. The reverse of the medal has the inscrip- [5] Daniel James , Jr., Awards and Citations. Hall of Valor.
tion "For Distinguished Service" at the top in raised letters, Military Times. Retrieved 4 June 2015.

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Medal presented to Haitian Major Guy Phillipe for leading el-


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[6] 2000 ADM Larson. Nimitz.berkeley.edu. Retrieved


2013-09-26.

[7] Archived copy. Archived from the original on 2012-02-


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[8] Carl Trost is set for March 2. Naany.org. Retrieved


2012-10-28.

[9] Defense Distinguished Service Medal Criteria, History


and Recipients. Usafeenlistedheritage.org. 1970-07-09.
Retrieved 2013-09-26.

[10] General Anthony C. Zinni, Usmc. Marinecorpsmu-


seum.org. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
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