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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Outstanding Unit ribbon.svg
Awarded by United States Air Force
Type Ribbon and Streamer
Eligibility Military Unit
Awarded for Meritorious Service or Outstanding Achievement
Status Currently awarded
First awarded 1954
Last awarded On going
Next (higher) Meritorious Unit Commendation
Equivalent Army Superior Unit Award
Navy Unit Commendation
Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Next (lower) Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
AFOUA Streamer.JPG
Streamer for the AFOUA

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) is a decoration of the United States Air Force which was first created in 1954. The decoration is awarded as a ribbon to any command of the U.S. Air Force (including Reserve and Air National Guard) which performs exceptionally meritorious service, accomplishes specific acts of outstanding achievement, excels in combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States, or conducts with distinction military operations involving conflict with, or exposure to, a hostile action by any opposing foreign force. The "V" (Valor) device is authorized when awarded for combat or combat support service.

AFOUA with Valor.jpg

Multiple awards of the AFOUA are denoted by oak leaf clusters on the award ribbon. The AFOUA ranks directly below the Meritorious Unit Award (MUA) and above the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (AFOEA) in the precedence of Air Force awards and decorations. It is considered a personal decoration for personnel who were assigned or attached to the unit during period for which it was awarded, and may be worn whether or not they continue as members of the organization.



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