ARLINGTON, Va. — The Air Force is adding a new touch to its Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon that will show that the wearer participated in combat.

From now on, airmen meeting the established criteria for award of the basic ribbon — 45 consecutive days or 90 nonconsecutive days in a designated combat zone — will also qualify for a gold border around the ribbon.

Airmen who are wounded or die while serving in a combat zone, those who participate in mobility operations into the designated area, and those who launch weapons into the area will also qualify for the device. Air mobility and bomber aircrews who fly missions outside the area of responsibility, as well as airmen involved in space operations and remotely piloted vehicle operations that produce “weapons effects” in the area, qualify for the golden edging, too.

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