This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here » Blog Archive » The Iraq Medal of Commitment: Still in “5-Sided Asylum” Limbo


Many of you may remember an article Jonn did some time ago on the proposal by the government of Iraq to award a an “Iraq Medal of Commitment“. The new medal would go to those who served in Iraq between Mar 2003 and Dec 2011.

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I’m a little surprised this hasn’t come to pass yet. Though, if I recall correctly, it took years for the foreign awards from Desert Storm to come through.

I received two awards for the Liberation of Kuwait, one from the Saudi Government (and it was a rather splendiferous bauble) and a rather more restrained medal from the government of Kuwait. I think it took until almost the mid-1990s for the Kuwaiti version to be approved.

As one of the commenters at This Ain’t Hell notes, it’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t get one. But given the sacrifice made by so many Americans, it would be nice to receive some recognition from the Iraqis. I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation for the delay, but I just don’t see how hard it is to gin up a medal, and get it approved. But then, I’ve never had a Pentagon tour.

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5 responses to “This ain’t Hell, but you can see it from here » Blog Archive » The Iraq Medal of Commitment: Still in “5-Sided Asylum” Limbo

  1. SFC Dunlap (Ret.) 173RVN

    Speaking of splendifeous baubles, one of the most coveted of foreign Jump Wings is the one from Thailand. In subdued its not all that, but on Class A’s, or Dress Blues a real eye catcher.

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  2. SFC Dunlap (Ret.) 173RVN

    Splendiferous

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  3. Personally I’d rather not have a medal issued by any middle eastern islamic country. If I did I damn sure wouldn’t wear it.
    Useless gong and ribbon for a nation that has yet to join the 15th century and hates our collective US guts.
    The medals from the United States are far more worthy than this gong.

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  4. Clifton B. Sommer

    I don’t understand. How is the Pentagon involved in the creation of an award from a foreign nation?

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    • Foreign awards must be approved by the US government before they are recognized and authorized for wear on US uniforms. DoD serves as the executive agent for this process. Questions such as precedence versus other foreign awards and who all knows what else has to be hashed out.

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