If you contributed at all to recent hurricane relief efforts, you might have qualified for the Humanitarian Service Medal. Here is a Navy Times article about it. Here is the NAVADMIN:
UNCLASSIFIED ROUTINE R 202219Z FEB 18 FM CNO WASHINGTON DC TO NAVADMIN INFO SECNAV WASHINGTON DC CNO WASHINGTON DC BT UNCLAS NAVADMIN 039/18 PASS TO OFFICE CODES: FM CNO WASHINGTON DC//DNS// MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/DNS/FEB// SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPROVAL OF HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL (HSM) FOR HURRICANES MATTHEW, HARVEY, IRMA, AND MARIA// REF/A/DOC/DOD/21DEC2016// REF/B/DOC/SECNAV/22AUG2006// REF/C/DOC/JCS/16FEB2018// REF/D/DOC/JCS/14FEB2018// REF/E/DOC/JCS/28APR17// NARR/REF A IS DOD 1348.33 VOL2, SECDEF MANUAL OF MILITARY DECORATIONS AND AWARDS. REF B IS SECNAVINST 1650.1H, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS AWARDS MANUAL. REF C ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF THE HSM FOR HURRICANE IRMA AND MARIA. REF D ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF THE HSM FOR HURRICANE HARVEY. REF E ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF THE HSM FOR HURRICANE MATTHEW.// RMKS/1. The following guidance is provided for awarding of the HSM. 2. Eligibility Criteria: a. Per references (a) and (b) the HSM is an individual service medal awarded to members who, after 1 April 1975, distinguish themselves as individuals or members of U.S. military units by meritorious, direct, non-routine participation in a significant military act or operation of a humanitarian nature. b. The recipient must have been physically present at the designated location, having directly contributed to and influenced the action. The designated location is the immediate site(s) of the humanitarian operation(s) as defined by the Presidential or Department of State request for assistance. Specifically excluded from eligibility are Service members or elements that remain entirely outside of the Area of Eligibility (AOE), or who were assigned to the AOE but were not directly supporting the humanitarian operation. c. Specific AOE and dates follow: (1) The HSM has been approved by the award authority for Hurricane Matthew for those Service members who were physically present in the vicinity of Haiti, Cuba, Jamaica, and Cayman Islands, to include the air and sea space, and provided humanitarian assistance during the period 4-19 October 2016. (2) The HSM has been approved by the award authority for Hurricane Harvey for U.S. Service members, Coast Guardsmen, and the Reserve Components (to include the National Guard), who were physically present in the following Texas counties: Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties; or in the following Louisiana parishes: Acadia, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Iberia, Jefferson Davis, Natchitoches, Rapides, Sabine, Vermilion, and Vernon; and provided humanitarian assistance during the period 23 August 2017 to 31 October 2017. (3) The HSM has been approved by the award authority for Hurricanes Irma and Maria for U.S. Service members, Coast Guardsmen, and the Reserve Components (to include the National Guard), who were physically present in the State of Florida or the Caribbean Islands, and adjacent waters, from Barbados northward to Anguilla, and then westward to the Florida Straits and provided humanitarian assistance during the period 8 September 2017 to 20 October 2017. 3. Awarding Authority: a. Active/Reserve personnel. Determination of individual eligibility is delegated to the command level of O-6/civilian equivalent or above. Awarding authorities must confirm individual participation by verifying assignment via orders or evaluations/fitness reports. Once verified, commands shall submit the appropriate service record documentation via their personnel office. b. Navy veterans. For Navy personnel honorably discharged or retired after the stated time periods of these awards who meet the criteria in paragraphs 2.a. and 2.b. above and who are requesting the HSM can submit a written request indicating their unit and dates assigned and a copy of the undeleted version of the DD-214 to: Navy Personnel Command (PERS 312), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055. If available, supporting documentation showing service with a qualifying unit (Eval, FITREP, orders) shall be included. 4. Participating Units and Personnel: a. Per reference (b), Commanding Officers whose units meet the criteria must submit a completed OPNAV Form 1650/14 and include a list of qualified personnel to DNS-35 via email@example.com. These units will be entered into the awards database and will be viewable via a unit awards search at https://awards.navy.mil. This is to facilitate documentation only and does not imply unit-wide HSM approval. Individual service record documentation remains a command responsibility. b. Navy personnel attached to DoD, Joint or other non-Navy commands who meet the criteria outlined above should have the appropriate DoD or Joint command confirm their eligibility and submit the required service record documentation. 5. Released by Vice Admiral K. M. Donegan, Director, Navy Staff.// BT #0001 NNNN UNCLASSIFIED//
From Office of Information
WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced Aug. 21 in ALNAV 055/17 that it is implementing changes to the letter-type devices worn on certain medals and ribbons.
The ALNAV provides Sailors and Marines guidance on the proper authorization and wear of the more restrictive bronze letter V (Valor) as well as the newly created bronze letters C (Combat Conditions) and R (Remote Impact).
The devices are intended to provide more distinctive recognition of acts of valor (V device), meritorious achievement or service under combat conditions (C device), and meritorious achievement that had direct impact on combat operations, albeit from a location where the awardee was not at significant risk of exposure to hostile action (R device).
“All previous decorations that had a V device remain valid and are in no way diminished or called into question by the new policy,” said Jim Nierle, president, Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals. “Additionally, none of these awards will be rescinded, altered, or otherwise reconsidered as a result of this ALNAV.”
The devices only apply to personal decorations. They are not authorized on any unit awards or any campaign, expeditionary, or service medals and ribbons.
The new policy for the C and R devices is retroactive only to Jan. 7, 2016, which is when then-Secretary of Defense Ash Carter approved the recommended changes following a 2016 Department of Defense review of the military awards program.
Any Sailor or Marine who received a personal decoration for meritorious achievement or service after Jan. 7, 2016, and who believes the circumstances met the criteria for the C device or R device, may directly contact the command that issued the award and request reconsideration. However, because the new policy for the V device is more restrictive than the previous policy, no consideration will be given to adding a V device to any previously approved award.
For specific details about which awards are authorized with the three devices, read ALNAV 055/17 at www.npc.navy.mil.
The deadline for nominations for the Military Health System (MHS) Female Physician Leadership Award is COB 10 JUL 2017. Here are three documents to help with completing the nomination package:
Nomination packages should contain the Command Endorsement, CV, and Nomination Form. Package documents should be submitted in one consolidated PDF format with the following standardized naming – title the PDF “Last Name First Initial_Service_Jr or Sr_FPL_17”
The suspense for packages to be submitted for Service vetting is COB 10 JUL 2017, (1600 EST). This suspense is FIRM, as packages must be vetted and selected by Navy/SG for submission to MHS. Packages should be sent to the NAVY POC: CAPT Charmagne G. Beckett (e-mail address in BUMED global).
If you’ve served in Iraq or Syria as part of Operation Inherent Resolve you will receive the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal. The award is retroactive to June 15, 2014, and is for service members based in Iraq or Syria, those who flew missions over those countries, and those who served in contiguous waters for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days. Details here: