Colombia, Guantanamo added to GWOT Expeditionary Medal list

The DoD has expanded the list of service areas which qualify one for GWOT medals. According to Wikipedia:

Currently, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal may be awarded for approved operations performed in any of the following geographical areas: Algeria, Bahrain, Bulgaria (Bourgas), Chad, Colombia, Crete, Cyprus, Diego Garcia, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo (only specified GWOT operations not associated with operations qualifying for the Kosovo Campaign Medal), Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Romania (Constanta), Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Yemen, that portion of the Arabian Sea north of 10 degrees north of latitude, and west of 68 degrees of longitude, Bab El Mandeb, Gulf of Aden, Gulf of Aqaba, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Suez, that portion of the Mediterranean Sea (“boarding and searching” operations”), Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Straight of Hormuz, and the Suez Canal.

By the time this is over (if it ever ends) it will probably be easier to just list the places that aren’t eligible.


  1. Oh sure! I suppose contractors like me are left out in the cold! Sigh! LOL! Well……….that’s good for our hard working Armed Forces personnel. Cool!

  2. I hope someday the government will recognize that the GWOT started before September 11th. We just didn’t go on the offensive until after that. If the President can authorize all former service members a medal for winning the Cold War, then the Iranian hostages and the Delta Force Team and support units that went in to rescue them, the hostages and their rescuers in Grenada, the kidnapped and murdered Americans in Beirut (Col. Higgins, David Buckley, PO3 Robert Stetham, et al), the servicemembers who were attacked in Beirut in 1983, the TWA hijacking victims in ’85 and the military units who chased an aborted rescue operation for two weeks all across the Meditteranean, those who were attacked in the nightclubs of Israel, and all those who were onboard PanAm 103 or the USS Cole or in the American Embassies of Beirut and Africa or the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia should all be awarded the Expeditionary or Support medal depending on their actions.