Awards and decorations of the Public Health Service

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Example of awards, special skills badge, and identification badges of the USPHS Commissioned Corps as worn on the service dress uniform of RADM Scott Giberson.

The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC), one of the seven uniformed services of the United States, has the authority to issue various awards, commendations, and other insignia to its members. These include individual honor awards, unit honor awards, service awards, training ribbons, special skill badges, and identification badges. The following PHSCC awards are listed in the service's order of precedence:[1][2][3]

Personal awards and decorations[edit]

USA Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Distinguished Service Medal - worn after the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and before the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medals.
Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal - worn after the Defense Superior Service Medal and before the Surgeon General's Medallion.
Surgeon General's Medallion ribbon.png Surgeon General's Medallion - worn after the Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal and before the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal.
Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal ribbon.png Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal - worn after the Surgeon General's Medallion and before the Legion of Merit.
Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Outstanding Service Medal - worn after the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and before the Meritorious Service Medal of other uniformed services.
Public Health Service Commendation Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Commendation Medal - worn after the Joint Service Commendation Medal and before the Commendation Medal of other uniformed services.
Public Health Service Achievement Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Achievement Medal - worn after the Joint Service Achievement Medal and before the Achievement Medal of other uniformed services.
USA Public Health Service Commendation Ribbon.png Public Health Service Citation Medal - worn after the Achievement Medal of other uniformed services and before the Combat Action Ribbon.

Unit awards[edit]

USA USPHS Presidential Unit Citation.png Public Health Service Presidential Unit Citation - the highest unit decoration of the Public Health Service.
Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation ribbon.png Public Health Service Outstanding Unit Citation - the second highest unit decoration of the Public Health Service.
Public Health Service Unit Commendation ribbon.png Public Health Service Unit Commendation - the third highest unit decoration of the Public Health Service.

Service and campaign awards[edit]

USPHSCC Awards and Decorations poster
USPHS Smallpox Campaign Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Smallpox Eradication Campaign Ribbon
USPHS Global Health Campaign Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Global Health Campaign Medal
USA PHS Ebola Campaign Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Ebola Campaign Medal
USPHS Hazardous Duty Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Hazardous Duty Award
Public Health Service Foreign Duty Service Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Foreign Duty Service Award
USPHS Special Assignment Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Special Assignment Service Award
USPHS Isolated Hardship Service Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Isolated Hardship Service Award
Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Crisis Response Service Award
USPHS Global Response Service Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Global Response Service Award
USPHS Response Service Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Response Service Award
USPHS National Emergency Preparedness Award ribbon.png Public Health Service National Emergency Preparedness Award
USPHS Recruitment Service Ribbon.png Public Health Service Recruitment Service Award [4]
USPHS Global Health Initiatives Service Medal ribbon.png Public Health Service Global Health Initiative Service Medal
Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award ribbon.png Public Health Service Bicentennial Unit Commendation Award
Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon.png Public Health Service Regular Corps Ribbon
USPHS Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon.png Commissioned Corps Training Ribbon

Association and organization awards[edit]

The following awards are awarded by various associations and organizations related the PHS mission and may be worn on the uniform (in order of precedence shown) when attending a function of that association:[5]

Public Health Service Commissioned Officers Association ribbon.png Commissioned Officers Association (COA)[6]
Association of Military Surgeons of the United States ribbon.png Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS)
Reserve Officers Association ribbon.png Reserve Officers Association (ROA)

Attachments worn on ribbons[edit]

V
Bronze letter "V" device worn on the Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, and the Outstanding Service Medals to indicate an award for valor.
Gold star
Gold star
5/16th inch gold stars are worn on the Distinguished Service, Meritorious Service, Surgeon General's Exemplary Service, Outstanding Service, Commendation, Achievement, and PHS Citation Medals to indicate subsequent awards.
Silver star
In lieu of five gold 5/16th inch stars, a silver 5/16th inch star is worn.
Bronze-service-star-3d.pngBronze-service-star-3d.pngSilver-service-star-3d.svgBronze-service-star-3d.png 3/16th inch service stars in bronze are worn on campaign, unit, and service awards to indicate subsequent awards. In lieu of five bronze stars and silver star is worn.
NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps Expeditionary Attachment.png The Expeditionary Attachment is worn centered on the suspension ribbon and ribbon bar.[7]

Badges and insignia[edit]

The Field Medical Readiness Badge, recognizes PHSCC officers who have exceeded force readiness standards while engaged in a deployment.

Commissioned Corps officers may wear two authorized special skills badges and two breast or identification badges on the Corps uniform. Badges of the USPHS take precedence over badges earned in other uniformed services.[3][8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CC 26.3.3 Wear of Ribbons and Medals" (PDF). United States Public Health Service. 28 August 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 September 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "USPHS Commissioned Corps Management Information System, Awards Information, Types of Recognition & Awards Criteria". Commissioned Corps Management Information System. United States Public Health Service. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Decorations & Insignias USPHS, dated 20 May 2015, last accessed 27 August 2016
  4. ^ a b c "PHS NO. 382, Implementation of an Associate Recruiter Lead Badge (ARLB) and PHS Recruitment Service Ribbon (RSR)" (PDF). Commissioned Corps Management Information System. United States Public Health Service. 4 March 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 
  5. ^ PHS Commissioned Corps Awards CCPM Pamphlet No. 67 Archived September 16, 2012, at the Wayback Machine., dated April 1998, last accessed 30 March 2013
  6. ^ "Who We Are". Commissioned Officers Association. 
  7. ^ "Commissioned Corps Instruction 511.01" (PDF). US Department of Health and Human Services. 11 January 2017. Retrieved 22 February 2017. 
  8. ^ "PPM 08-019 Wear of Skill and Breast Badges" (PDF). dcp.psc.gov/. United States Public Health Service. 28 August 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 April 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "CCI 511.02 Field Medical Readiness Badge" (PDF). ccrf.hhs.gov/ccrf. United States Public Health Service. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 

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