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Auxiliary Awards - Coast Guard Meritorious Awards

Updated 06/29/2009 

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These awards are presented at the spring and fall conferences and are based upon recommendations of meritorious services or actions.  They are listed in order of precedence (highest to lowest in descending order).

 

Deadline: All Coast Guard Meritorious Award recommendations are submitted to the District Captain-North. All awards must be processed through the District Captain – North in time for submission to DIRAUX at least 45 days prior to each District Conference.

 

Distinguished Service Award Ribbon

Distinguished Service Award

 

The Auxiliary Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) recognizes Auxiliarists who distinguish themselves by contributing exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The Coast Guard Auxiliary Distinguished Service Award is only awarded by the Commandant.

 

The performance required to justify this award is exceptional performance of duty, which benefits the Auxiliary as a whole. This performance, therefore, must be clearly much higher than normally expected, and must have a measurable, positive effect on the entire organization. Normally this award will be given to elected and appointed officers for extraordinary achievement. This statement should not be interpreted so as to preclude the award to any Auxiliarist whose service meets the requirement. The key words for this award are distinguished, operational, and exceptional meritorious service. To justify this award, exceptional performance of duty, clearly much higher than normally expected, which has resulted in significant benefit to the entire Auxiliary organization, is required.

 

 

Auxiliary Legion of Merit

 

This eligibility requirement closely parallels that for the Coast Guard Legion of Merit (LOM)...with the additional Auxiliary-focused provision that, "Recognized performance must clearly be much higher than expected and have a measurable, positive effect on the Auxiliary across multiple Auxiliary regions or at Auxiliary Area or National level."  This is meant to focus ALOM recognition on performance whose impacts have a broad reach and affect more than one region.

 

The designated awarding authority is set at the level of Vice Admiral (i.e. Commandant/all Coast Guard vice Admirals), again to emphasize recognition of broad-reaching performance.  This establishes awarding authority above the Plaque of Merit (which can be awarded by any Coast Guard Flag Officer) and below the Auxiliary distinguished Service Medal (ADSM - which can only be awarded by the Commandant).  There is also a requirement for Auxiliary review of ALOM packages up to the NACO level prior to routing to District DFommand3er and above (as the ALOM effectively becomes the second highest level Auxiliary award, it is appropriate to ensure national level awareness and review).
 

Plaque of Merit Ribbon

Plaque of Merit

 

The Auxiliary Plaque of Merit is given to Auxiliarists in recognition of extreme skill in performing an assist or rescue that involves risk to the Auxiliarist’s life. The Auxiliary Plaque of Merit may be awarded by any Flag officer with Chief Director of Auxiliary concurrence.

 

This award recognizes heroism in the face of grave personal risk and which clearly stands out as above normal expectations. The key aspects of performance for award of the Auxiliary Plaque of Merit are extreme skill, assist or rescue, and risk to the Auxiliarist’s life. As can be seen, the Auxiliary Plaque of Merit can only be given for an assist, or rescue. The Auxiliarist must have exercised extreme skill, as opposed to just skill required for the Medal of Operational Merit. Lastly, there must have been risk to the Auxiliarist’s life. Neither the assist nor rescue need be successful, only that the action required extreme skill and was performed or attempted at risk to the Auxiliarist’s life.
 

Meritorious Service Award Ribbon

Meritorious Service Award

 

The Auxiliary Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) is awarded to Auxiliarists who have contributed exceptional meritorious service to the Coast Guard and/or Auxiliary. Auxiliarists who serve in any capacity within the Auxiliary are eligible. The Auxiliary MSM may be awarded by any Flag officer.  The meritorious performance of duty must have enhanced Auxiliary goals.

 

This performance must clearly be of a nature much higher than that normally expected, and which has a significant positive effect on the ability of the Coast Guard and/or the Auxiliary to complete its missions and goals.  For this award, the key words are outstanding and meritorious service worthy of special recognition, which contributes significantly to fulfillment of Auxiliary goals at the local level.
 

Award of Operation Merit Ribbon

Award of Operational Merit

 

The Medal of Operational Merit is given to Auxiliarists in recognition of outstanding skill in performing an assist, rescue, or other meritorious operational service. The Medal of Operational Merit may be awarded by any Coast Guard Commanding officer (06 and above) of an operational unit or serving as DVC or higher at a district office, MLC, HQ, or serving as a Director.

 

This award recognizes outstanding achievement or service of an operational nature (defined as direct, hands on, underway, surface or airborne aviation mission activity) worthy of special recognition. For this award, the key words are outstanding operational performance, skill, assist, rescue or other meritorious operational service. To receive the Medal of Operational Merit, only skill is required, not extreme skill, and therefore does not have to be a risk to the Auxiliarist’s life. Outstanding operational performance and other meritorious operational service have been included in this category. This was added to allow recognition of a cumulative series of operational services, none of which, standing alone, would merit this award, but taken as a group, do merit this level of recognition.
 

 

Award of Administrative Merit Ribbon

Auxiliary Commendation was (Award of Administrative Merit)

 

The Auxiliary Commendation Medal (ACM) is given to Auxiliarists in recognition of outstanding assistance that furthers any of the Auxiliary’s authorized activities, except operations (since the Medal of Operational Merit is for operations). The Auxiliary Commendation Medal may be awarded by any Coast Guard Commanding officer (06 or above) of an operational unit or serving as DVC or higher at a district office, MLC, HQ, or serving as a Director.

 

This award recognizes outstanding achievement or service worthy of special recognition as described below. The key words for the Auxiliary Commendation Medal are outstanding achievement, which significantly furthers any of the Auxiliary’s authorized activities. The Auxiliary Commendation Medal is for outstanding administrative services. This requires services accomplished in a manner, which is much better than could normally be expected from an Auxiliarist of like capability and experience. Neither doing a difficult job well nor doing a routine job in an excellent manner will suffice. The achievement must be truly outstanding.

 

Aux Achievement Award

Auxiliary Achievement Award

 

The Auxiliary Achievement Medal (AAM) is given to Auxiliarists in recognition of their sustained professional and/or leadership achievements in administration or operations. The Auxiliary Achievement Medal may be awarded by any Coast Guard Commanding officer (0-4 and above) of an operational unit or serving as a DVC or higher at a district office, MLC, HQ or Director.

 

This award recognizes outstanding achievement or service of a nature, which is worthy of special recognition as described below. The key words for the Auxiliary Achievement Medal are sustained professional, leadership achievements and period of time. The Auxiliary Achievement is for recognition of Auxiliarists who have maintained an outstanding level of performance and/or achievement over a period of time to further authorized activities of the Auxiliary. The achievements could be in administration or operations.

 

 

Letter of Commendation Coast Guard Auxiliary Letter of Commendation

 

The Auxiliary Letter of Commendation Ribbon (ACLOC) is the Auxiliary’s equivalent to the Coast Guard’s Commandant Letter of Commendation (CLOC) Ribbon. Coast Guard units and Directors can prepare award citations using the same criteria, format, and style as the CLOC.

 

The award is intended for Auxiliarists serving in any capacity with the Coast Guard or Auxiliary for an act of service resulting in unusual and/or outstanding achievement, whose performance is lesser than that required for the Auxiliary Achievement Medal. The award can also be used to recognize an Auxiliarist’s service/performance for a special event or project. Commanding officers/Group Commanders, Directors, DVCs of HQ, MLC, ISC or district offices, O-4 and above, can approve the ACLOC. Recommendations are made on the CG-1650 award recommendation form and submitted to the approving official, via the Auxiliarist’s chain of leadership and management.

 

 

Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation Ribbon

Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation

 

Auxiliarists are eligible to receive the CG Meritorious Team Commendation award.a. A Captain (O-6) or higher serving in command billets (area, MLC, district, unit), serving as an office chief at CGHQ or serving as an Auxiliary District/Regional Director authorize this award. To be eligible, an Auxiliarist must have made a significant contribution to a group or team cited for the award. This team can consist of Auxiliarists and other team CG members, or all Auxiliarists. The command member, exercising operational or administrative control of the chartered team should initiate the recommendation. Recommendations for the Meritorious Team Commendation are made to appropriate operational CG commanders for actions under their control. Awards involving Auxiliary flotilla, division or district staffs must be forwarded to the applicable Director who will process via an Auxiliary or District Awards Board, as appropriate. Recommendations involving Auxiliary national staff members must be forwarded to the Chief Director, who will process came through appropriate channels. Awards should be recommended promptly after the action as there is a time limitation for making recommendations.

 

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