The Department of Homeland Security Presidential Unit Citation was established under the authority of Executive Order 10694 (signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on January 10, 1957), as amended by Section 74 of Executive Order 13286 (signed by President George W. Bush on February 28, 2003, which amended Executive Orders, and other actions, in connection with the transfer of certain functions to the Secretary of Homeland Security.
Initial award of the Department of Homeland Security Presidential Unit Citation was for the period of August 29 to September 13, 2005, in preparation for and response and recovery to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. The first award was announced by President Bush on May 25, 2006, during a change of command ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington, DC.
Neither the Coast Guard nor the Department of Homeland Security have thus far published eligibility criteria for this award.
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A gold hurricane device was established to denote an award for the period of Hurricane Katrina (all members of the Coast Guard were awarded the Homeland Security Presidential Unit Citation for Hurrican Katrina).