";s:4:"text";s:3314:" The Southwest Asia Service Medal (SASM) is a military award of the United States Armed Forces which was created by order of President George H.W.
There are a maximum 3 campaign stars authorized for this award. Southwest Asia Service Medal Instituted: 1991 Qualifying Dates: 1991 to 1995 Criteria: Active participation in or in support of Operation Desert Shield and/or Operation Desert Storm. Each recipient of the medal should wear at least one campaign star. Eligible dates and regions are as follows:Between the dates of August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995 inThe medal features desert and sea scenes with airborne and landborne military equipment; an inscription in the center reads “SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE.” The ribbon is tan and is bisected by a thin black vertical stripe flanked on either side by a thin green stripe; a thin band of red, white, and blue appears toward each edge proceeding outward as well as black edging.The three official campaign periods for the award include the Defense of Saudi Arabia, between August 2, 1990 and January 16, 1991; the Liberation and Defense of Kuwait, between January 17 and April 11, 1991; and the Southwest Asia Cease-Fire Campaign, between April 12, 1991 and November 30, 1995.Additional awards may be indicated by service stars.between the dates of January 17, 1991 and November 30, 1995 in That period of inclusion includes participation in Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm: The medal was established by an executive order signed by President George Bush on March 15, 1991.Criteria: Active participation in, or support of, Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and/or subsequent follow-on operations in Southwest Asia.
The maximum number of bronze service stars that are authorized to be worn for the Southwest Asia Service Medal’s ribbon or streamer is three. (2) Liberation and Defense of Kuwait: 17 Jan 91 to 11 Apr 91.
Individuals awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal must have participated in or supported military operations in Southwest Asia between August 2, 1990, and November 30, 1995. The medal is awarded to any member of the armed forces for service in prescribed geographical parts of the Middle East during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Bush on March 12, 1991.
The award is intended to recognize those military service members who performed duty during the years of the Persian Gulf War.The medal was designed by Nadine Russell of the Army's Institute of Heraldry. Bronze service star: for participation in each designated campaign.