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The Air Force Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service (AFDECS) is granted to Air Force civilian employees that have achieved their required duties for at least one year, resulting in profound Air Force-wide impact to programs as documented by the following: development of improved methods or procedures, initiation of revolutionary ideas, or unprecedented achievements or benefits to the government.

The Air Force Outstanding Civilian Career Service Award Medal is granted to employees of the Air Force that exhibit significant achievements, leadership, unconventional competence, and notable impact upon the Air Force mission throughout the employee's career.

The Air Force Civilian Achievement Award Medal (AFCAAM) is given to particular Air Force civilian personnel for outstanding achievement and meritorious service provided on behalf of the United States Air Force. To achieve this it must be apparent in the service that the employee surpasses the basic service expectations of an individual with similar responsibilities. The AFCAAM may also be awarded while the employee is on temporary assignment or detail.

The U.S. Air Force created the Air Force Aerial Achievement Medal (AFAAM) in 1988. The medal is given to personnel to acknowledge their contributions as part of the aircrew. These personnel members are not qualified for the Air Medal. The AFAAM is presented in the name of the Secretary of the Air Force to members of the U.S. Military or civilian personnel who distinguish themselves by sustained meritorious achievement while engaging in aerial flight during their service in the U.S. Air…

The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) is granted to any member of of the U.S. Air Force that has defined themselves by exceptional meritorious service to the U.S. government in a duty of great responsibility. This medal is generally granted only to officers that hold at least the rank of Major General. The DSM is often granted to senior Air Force generals, and was designed to replace the policy of granting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Air Force personnel.

The Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal is granted to Air Force civilian employees upon accomplishing the responsibilities assigned to them for at least one year in an exemplary manner. This achievement must be performed with a reasonable degree of command-wide mission impact that sets a record of individual accomplishment, and helps as an incentive for others to advance the quality and quantity of their work performance. This individual must also construct, initiate, and…

The Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award Medal (AFECSAM) is given to Air Force personnel who have engaged in designated duties for at least one year in an outstanding manner, or have achieved a single service that greatly contributes to the accomplishment of the command mission. During service there must be clear and evident examples of how the employee surpassed service expected of an individual with similar responsibilities.

The Civilian Aerial Achievement Medal is awarded to civilian personnel in the name of the Secretary of the Air Force. It is bestowed upon personnel who distinguish themselves by sustained meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. It must be and achievement that is above what is expect of a professional airman. The decoration is intended to recognize the achievements of air crewmen who are not eligible for the Air Medal.