The Air Force Presidential Unit Citation was established by Executive Order 9075 signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 26, 1942, as superseded by Executive Order 10694, signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 10, 1957.
Prior to 1965 it was known as the Distinguished Unit Citation. This award was "carried over" to the Air Force when it separated from the Army in 1947, and for that reason is identical in design to the Army's Presidential Unit Citation.
The Presidential Unit Citation has been in effect since December 7, 1941.
The Air Force Presidential Unit Citation may be awarded for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy on or after December 7, 1941. The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission as to set it apart and above other units participating in the same campaign. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would be required for the award an Air Force Cross to an individual.
ORDER OF PRECEDENCE
The Air Force Presidential Unit Citation is worn after the all Achievement Medals and before the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
Additional awards of the Presidential Unit Citation are denoted by oak leaf clusters.