a. Authorization. E.O. 12754 of 12 March 1991.
b. Southwest Asia Service Medal Eliaibilitv Remirements
(1) Awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the
United States, who participated in or directly supported
military operations in Southwest Asia, or in the surrounding
areas, between 2 August 1990 and 30 November 1995 (Operations
DESERT SHIELD, DESERT STORM, and the Southwest Asia Ceasefire
(2) Individuals must have served in one or more of
the following areas: the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman,
Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of
10 degrees north latitude, and west of 68 degrees east
longitude, as well as the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait,
Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar and United Arab Emirates.
(3) Individuals serving in Israel, Egypt, Turkey,
Syria, and Jordan (including the airspace and territorial waters
thereof), between 17 January 1991 and 28 February 1991, shall
also be eligible for award of this medal. They must have
directly supported combat operations.
(4) Embassy security guard personnel are eligible
for the period 2 August 1990 to 11 August 1991.
(5) Specific eligibility criteria for award of the
Southwest Asia Service Medal (SWASM) require that a service member must be:
(a) Attached to or regularly serving, for one
or more days, with an organization participating in ground/shore
(b) Attached to or regularly serving, for one
or more days, aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military
(c) Actually participate as a crewmember in one
or more aerial flights, directly supporting military operations
in the areas designated above.
(d) Serve on temporary duty for 30 consecutive
or 60 nonconsecutive days. These time limitations may be waived
by commanding officers for individuals participating in actual
c. Awarding Authority. Commanding officers are
authorized to award the Southwest Asia Service Medal (SWASM).
d. Engagement Stars. Three service stars are the
maximum authorized for the Southwest Asia Service Medal (SWASM):
(1) Defense of Saudi Arabia: 2 Aug 90 to 16 Jan 91.
(2) Liberation and Defense of Kuwait: 17 Jan 91 to
11 Apr 91.
(3) Southwest Asia Ceasefire Campaign: 12 Apr 91
to 30 Nov 95.
Authorized Devices: Bronze Star
Bronze Marine Corps Device(Navy)
Army Infantry Units Soutwest Asia Service