More medals will be seen over the next few months as Airmen update their ribbon racks to reflect the reinstatement of the Air Force Good Conduct Medal for enlisted members.
Air Force officials announced the reinstatement Feb. 11, effective immediately and retroactive to Feb. 6, 2006. Eligible Airmen should see an update automatically in their records on the virtual Military Personnel Flight Web site.
“Since the reinstatement, we’ve updated about 2,600 records for personnel here,” said Master Sgt. Michael Joseph, 21st Force Support Squadron military personnel support superintendent. “About 425 of those are first-time recipients. We’re working on funding to provide these recipients with their first medals.”
Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel, and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley announced the reintroduction of the medal.
“This is a great day for the Air Force,” said Chief McKinley. “The Air Force Good Conduct Medal has a positive impact on good order and discipline in the unit. It’s part of our history and we needed to bring it back to where it rightfully should be: part of our enlisted heritage.”
According to the Air Force Personnel Center, the medal was first establisherd June 1, 1963 and awarded to enlisted members for exemplary conduct.
“For some Airmen, this may be the first medal they receive, or maybe even the first time they’ve ever been recognized for an achievement,” Sergeant Joseph said. “It’s good motivation to be recognized for the hard work they’re putting into the job.”
For more information on the AFGC Medal, or to update records, contact the Military Personnel Support office at 556-4673.
(Information provided by Maj. Paul Villigran, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs)