ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPROVAL OF HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL (HSM) FOR OPERATION ALLIES REFUGE (OAR):
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SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPROVAL OF HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL (HSM) FOR
OPERATION ALLIES REFUGE (OAR)//
NARR/ REF A ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF THE HSM FOR OPERATION ALLIES REFUGE (OAR).
REF B IS DOD 1348.33M VOL2, SECDEF MANUAL OF MILITARY DECORATIONS AND AWARDS.
REF C IS SECNAV M-1650.1, NAVY AND MARINE AWARDS MANUAL.//
RMKS/1. As required by reference (a), the following guidance is provided for
award of the HSM.
2. HSM Eligibility Criteria:
a. The HSM has been approved by the award authority for U.S. Service members
and Reserve Components (to include the National Guard), who were physically
present and provided direct humanitarian assistance to the evacuees during
the transportation to and initial settlement at the following intermediate,
safe haven locations:
Qatar - Al Udeid Air Base, Camp as Sayliyah, and Camp Doha;
Kuwait - Camp Buehring and Ali Al Salem Air Base; Shaikh Isa Air Base,
United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi and Al Dahfra; Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi
Arabia; Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo;
Germany - Rhine Ordnance Barracks and Ramstein; Rota, Spain; Sigonella,
Virginia- Chantilly, Dulles, Quantico, Fort Pickett, and Fort Lee; Fort
Bliss, Texas; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New
Jersey; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and Tampa, Florida during the
period 01 July 2021 through 30 August 2021.
b. The recipient must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible for
(1) Have been physically present, and
(2) Directly participated in the humanitarian relief support to the
who were evacuated following cessation of combat actions in
(3) Personnel who were not directly participating in the humanitarian
efforts to the evacuees remain eligible for personal military decorations for
support rendered to the overall success of the operation.
(4) All supporting personnel inside the Afghanistan theater for OAR
remain eligible for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal.
3. Awarding authority:
a. Active/Reserve personnel. Determination for personnel is delegated to the
command level of O-6/civilian equivalent or above. Awarding authorities must
confirm individual participation by verifying assignment via orders,
evaluations/fitness reports, or other official documentation which verifies
participation in the humanitarian relief support to the refugees who were
evacuated following cessation of combat actions in Afghanistan. Once
verified, commands should submit the appropriate service record documentation
via their personnel office.
b. Navy veterans. Navy personnel honorably discharged or retired before
announced approval of these awards and who meet the criterion above may
submit a written request for consideration for award of the HSM. Written
request must indicate the qualifying unit and dates assigned, a copy of the
Service Members unredacted DD-214, and any supporting documentation
(evaluation, fitness report, TAD or PCS orders) showing serving with the
qualifying unit or individual participation. Requests may be mailed to:
Navy Personnel Command
(PERS 312), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055.
c. Only one award of the HSM may be received for participation in the OAR
4. Participating Units and Personnel:
a. As required by reference (c), Commanding Officers whose units meet the
criteria for award of the HSM must submit a completed OPNAV Form 1650/14
which should include a list of qualified personnel via
email@example.com. These units will be entered into the awards database.
This is to facilitate documentation only and does not imply unit-wide
approval. Individual service record documentation continues to be a command
b. Navy personnel attached to DoD, Joint or other non-Navy commands who meet
the criteria outlined above should have their DoD or Joint command confirm
eligibility and submit the appropriate service record documentation.
5. Released by Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff//