Soldiers patrolling U.S. southern border now being given medals
Troops deploying to the American southwest in order to protect U.S. sovereignty during a mass illegal migration crisis will receive medals for their efforts.
The Pentagon has authorized the Armed Forces Service Medal for thousands of U.S. service members who have deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border. For the last year, soldiers have been sent to assist Customers and Border Protection units to patrol the border and cut off illegal immigration operations.
According to Task & Purpose, there is no end date for the award, as the operation is ongoing.
In order to receive the award, troops must have operated within 100 nautical miles from the Mexico border in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona or California. Seaborne troops, and individuals operating at the San Antonio HQ are also eligible.
The Armed Forces Service Medal was created by President Bill Clinton in 1996, and is approved for operations “in which no other United States service medal is approved,” generally reserving it for peacekeeping troops who perform duties but “encounter no foreign armed opposition or imminent hostile action.”
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