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Defense Superior Service Medal
Defense Superior Service Medal.png
Awarded by United States Department of Defense
Type Medal
Awarded for "Superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility"
Status Currently awarded
Precedence
Next (higher) Silver Star
Next (lower) Legion of Merit
US Defense Superior Service Medal ribbon.svg

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Ribbon (above), obverse (left), reverse (right)

The Defense Superior Service Medal is a senior United States military decoration of the Department of Defense, awarded to members of the United States armed forces who perform "superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility."

The decoration is most often presented to senior officers in the flag and general officer grades. The medal is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense and was established by President Gerald R. Ford on February 6, 1976 in Executive Order 11904.

The first recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal was Army Brigadier General John G. Jones, for service as the Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense from February 1972 to July 1975.

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