The Air Force Meritorious Unit Award was established by Secretary of the Air Force James G. Roche.
The Air Force Meritorious Unit Award has been in effect since September 11, 2001.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
- The Air Force Meritorious Unit Award is awarded to active duty, Guard, and Reserve units for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services for at least 90 continuous days during military operations against an armed enemy.
- The unit must display such outstanding devotion to duty and superior performance of exceptionally difficult tasks as to set it apart and above other units with similar missions.
- The degree of achievement required is the same as that which would warrant award of the Legion of Merit to an individual.
- Service in a combat zone is not required, but the service rendered must be directly related to combat effort.
- Squadrons, Groups and Wings may submit for this award. Superior performance of normal duties will not alone justify this award.
The Air Force Meritorious Unit Award is worn after the Air Force Gallant Unit Citation and before the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.
Additional awards are denoted by oak leaf clusters.