Air Force recommends 12 airmen receive upgraded medals
WASHINGTON – The Air Force is recommending 12 medals awarded to airmen be upgraded for their actions taken since 2001 in the war on terror, the service said Friday.
The upgrade of medals is part of a review by all of the services to determine whether airmen, sailors, Marines and soldiers who have fought in the war on terror were properly recognized for the efforts. The review was sparked by concerns that few Medals of Honor were awarded for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in which millions of Americans have served.
In early 2016, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the review was targeting more than 1,100 Silver Stars and service crosses awarded for actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Of those medals, the Army reviewed 785 Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross awards. The Navy, including the Marines, reviewed 425 Navy Cross and Silver Star medals. The Air Force reviewed 147 medals, including 135 Silver Stars and 12 Air Force Crosses.
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