The Organizational Excellence Award was established on August 26, 1969 by Secretary of the Air Force Robert C. Seamans, Jr.
The Organizational Excellence Award has been in effect since August 26, 1969.
The Organizational Excellence Award may be awarded in the name of the Secretary of the Air Force to units of the Air Force for achievements and accomplishments that do not meet the eligibility requirements of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. The distinction between units that quality for the Outstanding Unit Award and the Organizational Excellence Award is based on level of organization.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The Organizational Excellence Award is worn after the Out-standing Unit Award and before the Prisoner of War Medal.
Additional awards of the Organizational Excellence Award are denoted by oak leaf clusters. An organization that earns this award for combat or direct combat support is entitled to a com-bat "V" device on its streamer, and the individual is entitled to wear the "V" device on the service ribbon.