Coast Guard Unit Commendation

Coast Guard Unit Commendation

Coast Guard Unit Commendation
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Authorized by the Commandant, U.S. Coast Guard, January 1, 1963.

Awarded by the Commandant to any U.S. Coast Guard unit that distinguished itself by valorous or extremely meritorious service in support of U.S. Coast Guard operations. Such operations are noncombatant in nature and are considered outstanding when compared to other units performing similar service. The Coast Guard Unit Commendation may be awarded to other units of the Armed Forces provided such units meet the standards established by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Operational Distinguishing Device (silver letter "O") may be worn on the Service ribbon of the Coast Guard Unit Commendation when authorized. Gold stars are worn to denote subsequent awards.

On January 2, 1990, the Commandant approved the awarding of unit commendations to civilian personnel when appropriate.