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Awards and decorations of the United States government are civilian awards of the U.S. federal government which are typically issued for sustained meritorious service, in a civilian capacity, while serving in the U.S. federal government. Certain U.S. government awards may also be issued to military personnel of the United States armed forces and be worn in conjunction with awards and decorations of the United States military. In order of precedence, those U.S. non-military awards and decorations authorized for wear, are worn after U.S. military personal decorations and unit awards and before U.S. military campaign and service awards.

The following is a selection of civilian awards which are presently issued by the U.S. government.

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Office of the President of the United States

  • Noribbon.svg Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management[2]
  • Noribbon.svg Preserve America Presidential Award[3]
  • Noribbon.svg President's Environmental Youth Award[4]
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Senior Executive Service

United States Congress

United States Department of Defense

DOD-level awards for civilian service

  • USA - DOD Meritorious Civilian Service Award.png Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • USA - DOD Sec of Def Medal for Valor.png Secretary of Defense Medal of Valor
  • USA - Vietnam Civilian Service Medal.png Vietnam Civilian Service Medal
  • USA - Southeast Asia Civilian Service Medal.png Southwest Asia Civilian Service Medal
  • USA - Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service.png Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service
  • USA - Civilian Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal.png Civilian Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal

DOD-level awards for private citizens

  • USA - DOD Distinguished Public Service Award.png Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award
  • USA - DOD Exceptional Public Service Award.png Secretary of Defense Award for Exceptional Public Service
  • USA - DOD Eugene E. Fubini Award.png Eugene E. Fubini Award

Joint Chiefs of Staff

[1]

  • USA - JCSDPS.jpg CJCS Award for Distinguished Public Service (DPS)
  • USA - JCSOPS.jpg CJCS Award for Outstanding Public Service (OPS)
  • JCSDCS.jpg CJCS Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award (JDSCA)
  • USA - JCSMCS.jpg CJCS Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award (JMCSA)

DOD Office of the Inspector General (OIG)

  • USA - DOD IG Distinguished Civilian Service.png DOD Inspector General Distinguished Service Award
  • USA - DOD IG Superior Civilian Service.png DOD Inspector General Superior Civilian Service Award
  • USA - DOD IG Meritorious Civilian Service.png DOD Inspector General Meritorious Civilian Service Award

Department of the Army

Department of the Army awards for civilian service

[5]

  • MeritCivSvcAwardRib.gif Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • CdrAwardCivServRib.jpg Commander's Award for Civilian Service
  • USA - Army Secretary of the Army Award for Valor.png Secretary of the Army Award for Valor
  • USA - Army Award for Science and Engineering.png Award for Science and Engineering
  • ArmyCivServeMed.gif Achievement Medal for Civilian Service
  • Humanitarian Service ribbon.svg Civilian Award for Humanitarian Service
  • Noribbon.svg Certificate of Achievement

Department of the Army awards for public service

  • Noribbon.svg Certificate of Achievement

Department of the Air Force

  • AFValorRib.gif Civilian Award for Valor
  • USA - AF Outstanding Civilian Career Award.png Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award
  • USA - AF Meritorious Civilian Service Award.png Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • USA - AF Command Civilian Medal for Valor.png Command Civilian Award for Valor
  • USA - AF Civilian Air Medal.png Civilian Air Medal
  • CivAAMRib.gif Civilian Aerial Achievement Award
  • USA - AF Exemplary Civilian Service Award.png Exemplary Civilian Service Award
  • USA - AF Civilian Achievement Medal.png Civilian Achievement Award
  • USA - AF Exceptional Public Service Award.png Exceptional Public Service Award
  • USA - AF Distinguished Public Service Award.png Distinguished Public Service Award
  • USA - AF Commander's Award Public Service.png Commander's Award for Public Service

Department of the Navy

  • USA - Navy Civilian Medal for Valor.png Civilian Valor Medal - Gold
  • USA - Navy Civilian Medal for Valor.png Civilian Valor Medal - Silver
  • USA - Navy Distinguished Achievement in Science Award.png Distinguished Achievement in Science Award
  • USA - Navy Superior Public Service Award.png Superior Public Service Award
  • USA - Navy Meritorious Public Service Award.png Meritorious Public Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg Navy Global War on Terrorism Civilian Service Medal
  • Noribbon.svg Naval Criminal Investigative Service Expeditionary Medal

Defense Commissary Agency

  • Us2decamcsa.png DeCA Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • DeCA Superior Civilian Service Award .png DeCA Superior Civilian Service Award
  • DeCA Civilian Career Service Award.png DeCA Civilian Career Service Award

Defense Contract Audit Agency

  • Defense Contract Audit Agency Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.gif Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency - Meritorious Civilian Service Medal Ribbon.gif Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)

  • USA - DCMA Distinguished Civilian Service Medal.png Distinguished Civilian Service Medal
  • USA - DCMA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.png Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  • USA - DCMA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.png Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  • USA - DCMA Civilian Career Service Medal.png Civilian Career Service Medal

Defense Information Systems Agency

  • DISA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.png DISA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  • DISA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.png DISA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Defense Intelligence Agency

  • USA - DIA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal.png DIA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal
  • USA - DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal.png DIA Meritorious Civilian Service Medal
  • Dir DIA Award.JPG DIA Director's Award
  • USA - DIA Leadership Award.png DIA Leadership Award
  • USA - DIA Civilian Combat Support Medal.png DIA Civilian Combat Support Medal
  • USA - DIA Civilian Expiditionary Medal.png DIA Civilian Expeditionary Medal

Defense Logistics Agency

  • Distinguished Career Service Award.gif Distinguished Career Service Award
  • Meritorious Civilian Service Award.gif Meritorious Civilian Service Award
  • Superior Civilian Service Award.gif Superior Civilian Service Award

Defense Supply Agency

  • DSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award.gif DSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award

Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)

  • USA - DTRA Distinguished Service Award.png DTRA Distinguished Service Award
  • USA - DTRA Meritorious Service Award.png DTRA Meritorious Service Award
  • USA - DTRA Exceptional Service Award.png DTRA Exceptional Service Award
Formerly the Defense Special Weapons Agency (DSWA) Awards
  • USA - DSWA Director's Lifetime Achievement Award.png DSWA Director's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • USA - DSWA Exceptional Civilian Service Award.png DSWA Exceptional Civilian Service Award
  • USA - DSWA Meritorious Civilian Service.png DSWA Meritorious Civilian Service Award

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

  • NGA Distinguished Service Medal
  • NGA Exceptional Service Medal
  • NGA Meritorious Service Medal

NASA

NASA’s most prestigious honor awards are approved by the Administrator and presented to a number of carefully selected individuals and groups of individuals, both Government and non-Government, who have distinguished themselves by making outstanding contributions to the Agency’s mission.[6]

  • USA - NASA Outstanding Service Medal.png Outstanding Service Medal

United States Intelligence Community

The National Intelligence Awards (NIA) Program is administered by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence for the United States Intelligence Community (IC).[7]

National Intelligence Community Awards

  • Noribbon.svg Intelligence Medal of Valor[8]
  • Noribbon.svg National Intelligence Career Achievement Medal (NICAM)
  • Noribbon.svg National Intelligence Reform Medal (NIRM)
  • Noribbon.svg Director of National Intelligence for Collaborative Leadership (DNIACL)
  • Noribbon.svg National Intelligence Community Equal Opportunity and Diversity Award (NICEEODA)
  • Noribbon.svg Intelligence Community EEO and Diversity Exemplary Leadership Award
  • Noribbon.svg Intelligence Community EEO and Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Noribbon.svg National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Commendation (NIMUC)
  • Noribbon.svg National Intelligence Medallion (NIM)
  • Noribbon.svg National Intelligence Certificate of Distinction (NICD)
  • Noribbon.svg National Intelligence Special Act or Service Award (NISASA)
  • Noribbon.svg Galileo Award
Former award prior to establishment of the NIA Program

National Intelligence Public Service Awards

Central Intelligence Agency

  • CIADCIM.gif Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal
  • CIACIM.gif Career Intelligence Medal
  • CIACCM.gif Career Commendation Medal
  • CIAICM.gif Intelligence Commendation Medal
  • Noribbon.svg Gold Retirement Medallion
  • Noribbon.svg Silver Retirement Medallion
  • Noribbon.svg Bronze Retirement Medallion

National Security Agency

  • NSA Svc 2.JPG NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Medal

Department of Commerce

  • Department of Commerce - Gold Valor Aw.gif Department of Commerce Gold Medal
  • DOCSilverMedalRibbon.gif Department of Commerce Silver Medal
  • DOCBronzeMedalRibbon.gif Department of Commerce Bronze Medal

National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration

  • Administrators Award.JPG NOAA Administrator’s Award
  • NOAA Corps Commendation.JPG NOAA Corps Commendation Medal
  • NOAA Special Achievement Ribbon.JPG NOAA Corps Achievement Medal
  • NOAA Corps Directios Aw.JPG NOAA Corps Director's Ribbon
  • NOAA Citation.JPG NOAA Units Citation Award

Non-government decorations[9]

  • NOAA Association of Commissioned Officers (ACO) Award Medal
NOAA ACO Award.JPG Junior Officer of the Year = NOAA ACO Award Medal (without attachments)
USA - NOAA ACO Award With S.pngScience Award = NOAA ACO Award Medal (with bronze "S" device)
ACO2.JPG Engineering Award = NOAA ACO Award Medal (with bronze "E" device)
  • Noribbon.svg Society of American Military Engineers Colbert Medal
  • Noribbon.svg Society of American Military Engineers Karo Award

Campaign and service awards

  • NOAA Corps Atlantic Sea Svc.JPG NOAA Corps Atlantic Sea Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps Pacific Sea Svc R.JPG NOAA Corps Pacific Sea Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps Mobile Duty.JPG NOAA Corps Mobile Duty Service Ribbon
  • NOAA Corps International Svc R.JPG NOAA Corps International Service Ribbon

Incentive awards (without medal or ribbon)

  • NOAA Technology Transfer Award[10]
  • NOAA Distinguished Career Award

Department of Energy

In June 2007, Secretary Samuel Bodman introduced a new awards program[11] for non-monetary recognition of its employees and contractors. All awards

Secretary's Honor Awards
Honor awards that are presented annually and replaces the previous Secretary's Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.
  1. The James R. Schlesinger Award – recipient receives a polished brass and mahogany clock along with a shadow box framed calligraphy certificate signed by the Secretary of Energy and a commemorative medal honoring former Secretary of Energy James R. Schlesinger.
  2. Secretary of Energy's Excellence Award – recipient receives a crystal medallion award and leather-encased certificate
  3. Secretary of Energy's Achievement Award – recipient receives a crystal statue award and leather-encased certificate
Secretary's Appreciation Award
Appreciation awards that are presented at any time
Departure Awards
Departure awards may be presented upon retirement or departure from the agency
  1. Secretary of Energy's Exceptional Service Award
  2. Secretary of Energy's Distinguished Service Award
  3. Secretary of Energy's Meritorious Service Award
  • Department of Energy - Award for Valor ribbon.JPG DOE Award for Valor
  • USA - DOE - Secretary's Award.jpg DOE Secretary's Award
  • Department of Energy - Exceptional Service Medal ribbon.jpg DOE Exceptional Service Medal
  • Department of Energy - Meritorious Service Award ribbon.jpg DOE Meritorious Service Award

Department of Health and Human Services

  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary's Recognition Award
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary's Special Citation
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary’s Certificate of Appreciation
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary's Letter of Appreciation
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Distinguished Public Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Medallion Seal Award
  • Noribbon.svg HHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service

National Institutes of Health

  • Noribbon.svg NIH Director's Award - Scientific/Medical
  • Noribbon.svg NIH Director's Award - Technical/Clerical/Support
  • Noribbon.svg NIH Director's Award - Administrative
  • Noribbon.svg NIH Director's Award - Mentoring

United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

  • USPHS Dist Svc Aw.JPG Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal
  • USPHSMSM.JPG Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal
  • USPHS Outst Svc M.JPG Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal
  • USPHS Commendation.JPG Public Health Service Commendation Medal
  • USPHS Citation.JPG Public Health Service Citation (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Outst Unit Citation.JPG Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation (ribbon only)
  • USPHS - Unit Commendation.JPG Public Health Service Unit Commendation (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Isolated Hardship.JPG Public Health Service Isolated Hardship Service Award (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Haz Duty Svc Aw.JPG Public Health Service Hazardous Duty Service Award (ribbon only)
  • US PHS Foreign Duty Svc Aw.JPG Public Health Service Foreign Duty Service Award (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Spec Assign Service.JPG Public Health Service Special Assignment Service Award (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Crisis Response Ribbon.JPG Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Response Ribbon.JPG Respose Ribbon
  • USPHS Global Response Ribbon.JPG Global Response Ribbon
  • USPHS Nat Emerg Preparedness.JPG Public Health Service National Emergency Preparedness Award (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Bi-cent Unit Cmd.JPG Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award (ribbon only)
  • USA - PHS SMALLPOX ERADICATION.jpgPublic Health Service Smallpox Campaign Award (ribbon only)
  • USPHS Regular Corps R.JPG Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon (ribbon only)

Other Public Health Service Awards

  • USPHS Commiss Corps Trg R.JPG Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon
  • USPHS Assoc Am Mil Surg.JPG Association of American Military Surgeons
  • USPHS Comm Offr Assn R.JPG Commissioned Officers Association
  • USPHS Res Officers Association.JPG Reserve Officers Association

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

  • Noribbon.svg CDC/ATSDR William Watson Medal of Excellence (no ribbon)

Department of Homeland Security

  • Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal.jpg Department of Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Gold Medal
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Silver Medal
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Valor
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Excellence
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for TEAM DHS Excellence
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Diversity Management
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award for Volunteer Service

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

  • NA Ribbon.JPG Border Patrol Newton Azrak Award
  • Us2bpdcsa.gif Commissioners Distinguished Career Service Award
  • Bpesa.gif Commissioners Exceptional Service Medal
  • Us2bpmsa.gif Commissioners Meritorious Service Award
  • Us2bpsca.gif Commissioners Special Commendation Award
  • Us2bpccm.gif Border Patrol Chief's Commendation
  • Us2bpgeaa.gif Border Patrol Excellence in Group Achievement
  • Border Patrol Purple Cross Wound Medal ribbon.jpg Border Patrol Purple Cross
  • Us2bpaha.gif Border Patrol Academy Honor Graduate Medal
  • Us2bplsm.gif Border Patrol Long Service Medal
  • Border Patrol 75th medal ribbon 2a.JPG Border Patrol 75th Anniversary Medal

Federal Emergency Management Agency

  • FEMA Distinguished Service Medal.png FEMA Distinguished Service Medal
  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award For Distinguished Public Safety Service (may be awarded by the Attorney General or FEMA Director)

U.S. Coast Guard

  • USA - CG DPS.png Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award
  • USA - CG MPS.png Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg Coast Guard Public Service Commendation
  • Noribbon.svg Coast Guard Certificate of Merit
  • Noribbon.svg Coast Guard Certificate of Appreciation
  • Noribbon.svg Coast Guard Commander's Award for Civilian Service

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

  • Noribbon.svg Secretary's Award For Distinguished Public Safety Service (may be awarded by the Attorney General or FEMA Director)
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism
  • Noribbon.svg Mary C. Lawton Lifetime Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity
  • Justice MSM.JPG Attorney General’s Award for Meritorious Public Service
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Management
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Information Technology
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Furthering the Interests of U.S. National Security
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Legal Support
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Administrative Support
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Service in Freedom of Information Act Administration
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Fraud Prevention
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Partnerships for Public Safety
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Service by a Federal Wage System Employee
  • Noribbon.svg Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives

  • BATF Distinguished Service r.JPG ATF Distinguished Service Medal
  • ATF Gold Star r.JPG ATF Gold Star Medal
  • ATF Medal of Valor r.JPG ATF Medal of Valor

Drug Enforcement Administration

  • Drug Enforcement Agency Purple Heart award.JPG DEA Purple Heart Award

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Bureau of Prisons

  • Justice Distinguished Service.JPG Federal Bureau of Prisons Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Medal)
  • Justice MSM.JPG Federal Bureau of Prisons Meritorious Service Medal (Silver Medal)
  • Justice Commendable Service Medal.JPG Federal Bureau of Prisons Commendable Service Medal (Bronze Medal)

Department of State

  • USA - DOS Award for Valor.png Award for Valor
  • USA - DOS Secretary's Award.png The Secretary's Award
  • DoSAwardforheroism.JPG Award for Heroism (Authorized for wear on U.S. Army Uniform per AR 670-1)
  • USA - DOS Thomas Jefferson.png Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service Medal
  • USA - DOS Secretary's Career Achievement Award.png Secretary's Career Achievement Award
  • USA - DOS Distinguished Service Award.png Secretary's Distinguished Service Award (*Authorized for wear on U.S. Army Uniform per AR 670-1)
  • USA - DOS Distinguished Honor Award.png Distinguished Honor Award (*Authorized for wear on U.S. Army Uniform per AR 670-1)
  • Superior Honor Award.svg Superior Honor Award (*Authorized for wear on U.S. Army Uniform per AR 670-1)
  • DoS MHA.JPG Meritorious Honor Award (* Authorized for wear on U.S. Army Uniform per AR 670-1)
  • Franklin Award (Certificate)
  • Foreign Affairs Award for Public Service (Certificate)

Department of Transportation

  • DOTOARib.gif Secretary of Transportation Outstanding Achievement Medal
  • DOTGuardianRib.gif Guardian Medal

Maritime Administration

United States Merchant Marine

  • MM WW2 Victory.JPG WW2 Victory Medal
  • MM Expeditionary.JPG Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal

Environmental Protection Agency

  • Environmantal Protection Agency Exceptional Service Ribbon - type 1.JPG EPA Gold Medal for Exceptional Service (individual and group)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Superior Service Ribbon (Silver) 2.JPG EPA Silver Medal for Superior Service (individual and group)
  • USA - EPA Commendable Service Award.png EPA Bronze Medal for Commendable Service (individual and group)
  • Environmental Protection Agency Distinguished Service Ribbon.JPG EPA Distinguished Career Service Award
  • Noribbon.svg Paul G. Keough Award for Administrative Excellence
  • Noribbon.svg Glenda A. Farmer Award for Exemplary Technical Support
  • Noribbon.svg Trudy A. Speciner Non-Supervisory Award for Advancing Environmental Protection
  • Noribbon.svg President's Environmental Youth Award[4]

Office of Personnel Management

  • OPM-MSM.JPG OPM Meritorious Service Medal

President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion

  • Y2K Conversion Medal.JPG Y2K Service Medal

Department of Defense

National Reconnaissance Office

  • NRO Distinguished Service Medal (Gold Medal)
  • NRO Superior Service Medal (Silver Medal)
  • NRO Meritorious Service.JPG NRO Meritorious Service Medal (Bronze Medal)
  • NRO Director's Circle Award

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