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Pentagon to begin issuing 2 War on Terrorism Medals

The Pentagon announced Friday that it will issue a Global War on Terrorism Medal for troops who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan and other combat zones as well as those who performed support duty, such as guarding domestic airports after the Sept. 11 attacks. The new medal will come in two versions, an “expeditionary” form for those who served in combat areas and a “service” version for those who did support work. Estimating that thousands will likely qualify for one or the other versions of the medal, Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Jane Campbell said no cutoff date for issuing it has been set because the war on terrorism is ongoing. The expeditionary form of the medal initially will be awarded only to those who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, eastern Turkey, the Philippines and the island of Diego Garcia, as well as airspace above these areas and on adjacent seas, Campbell said. Full Story

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