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STUTTGART, Germany - Two NATO medals have been approved for wear by eligible U.S. troops and civilian personnel who took part in a series of alliance-supported operations in Africa, according to the Defense Department.

The alliance will award the NATO Medal for NATO Operations and Activities in Africa for service in connection with Operation Allied Provider, Operation Allied Protector, Operation Ocean Shield, all counter-piracy related missions. The medal also will be awarded to participants in North Atlantic Council-approved NATO support activities connected to the African Union, DOD stated in a news release.

The alliance also will award the NATO Medal for NATO Operations and Activities in Libya for service in support of Operation Unified Protector, the 2011 mission that sought to protect civilians through the enforcement of a no-fly zone and arms embargo.

Troops and civilian personnel should consult with their respective personnel offices for more information about eligibility, according to the DOD.


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