Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Established by Executive Order #12019 on November 3, 1977, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to military personnel serving with, or assigned to, a number of Joint Activities, including: The Secretary of Defense, Organizations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Headquarters of Joint Commands, and other joint activities and specified commands that may be designated by the Secretary of Defense. This medal is awarded for non-combat meritorious achievement or service that is incontestably exceptional and of a magnitude that clearly places the individual above his peers while serving in one of the assignments designated.

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