US Air Force Battle Streamers

In 1947 the US Congress created the Department of the Air Force and established the United States Air Force as a separate service equal to the Army and Navy.
Campaign Streamers are embroidered with the name and years of the campaign.
Combat credit entitles the organization to the appropriate campaign Streamers.
Campaign Streamers are Size 2, (2 3/4" X 3') except those identified by note 4 on MIL-DTL-14650/4K . These require the four feet length to accommodate the required embroidery.

Unit Decoration Streamers

Unit Decoration Streamers represent the unit's decorations. A few examples are, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Organizational Excellence Award, Presidential Unit Citation, Meritorious Unit Commendation.

USAF War Service Streamers

Service Streamers represent the unit's service in the same manner that service medals represent the individual's participation in a theater of combat operations. They represent non combat service in the various theaters of military operations and have no embroidery.

War Service Streamers without embroidery (11 Streamers)

World War I - Ribbon #148

World War I Streamer, Ribbon #148

World War II, American Theater - Ribbon #009

World War II, American Theater Ribbon #9

World War II, Asiatic Pacific Theater - Ribbon #017

World War II, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon #17

World War II, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater - Ribbon #057

World War II, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon #57

Korean War - Ribbon #078

Korean War Ribbon #78

Vietnam Service - Ribbon #151

Vietnam Service Ribbon #151

Southwest Asia Service - Ribbon #356

Southwest Asia Service Ribbon #356

Kosovo Campaign (Ribbon #532)

 

Afghanistan Campaign (Ribbon #593)

 

Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary (Ribbon #579)

 

Iraq Campaign (Ribbon #594)




Air Force Ceremonial Flag Streamer List MIL-DTL-14650/4K

The inscription for Type 1, Class 4, Size 1 (2 3/4" wide by 4" long) Streamers for ceremonial flags are embroidered with the name of the campaign and the year(s) in which it occurred.

Mexican Expedition - (Ribbon #094)

Mexican Expedition Ribbon #94
Part#   Inscription
AF001  MEXICO 1916-1917

World War I (Ribbon #148)

World War I Ribbon #148

Part#   Inscription
AF002  SOMME DEFENSIVE 1918
AF003  CHAMPAGNE-MARNE 1918
AF004  LYS 1918
AF005  AISNE-MARNE 1918
AF006  SOMME OFFENSIVE 1918
AF007  OISE-AISNE 1918
AF008  ST. MIHIEL 1918
AF009  MEUSE-ARGONNE 1918

WWII, American Theater (Ribbon #9)

WWII, American Theater Ribbon #9

Part#   Inscription
AF010  ANTISUBMARINE 1941-1945

WWII, Asiatic Pacific Theater (Ribbon #17)

WWII, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon #17

Part#   Inscription
AF011  AIR COMBAT AP 1941-1945
AF012  PHILIPPINE ISLANDS 1941-1942
AF013  BURMA 1941-1942
AF014  CENTRAL PACIFIC 1941-1943
AF015  EAST INDIES 1942
AF016  INDIA BURMA 1942-1945
AF017  AIR OFFENSIVE, JAPAN 1942-1945
AF018  ALEUTIAN ISLANDS 1942-1943
AF019  CHINA DEFENSIVE 1942-1945
AF020  PAPUA 1942-1943
AF021  GUADALCANAL 1942-1943
AF022  NEW GUINEA 1943-1944
AF023  NORTHERN SOLOMONS 1943-1944
AF024  EASTERN MANDATES 1943-1944
AF025  BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO 1943-1944
AF026  WESTERN PACIFIC 1944-1945
AF027  LEYTE 1944-1945
AF028  LUZON 1944-1945
AF029  CENTRAL BURMA 1945
AF030  SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES 1945
AF031  RYUKYUS 1945
AF032  CHINA OFFENSIVE 1945

WWII, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater (Ribbon #57)

WWII, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon #57

Part#   Inscription
AF033  ANTISUBMARINE 1941-1945
AF034  AIR COMBAT, EAME 1941-1945
AF035  EGYPT-LIBYA 1942-1943
AF036  AIR OFFENSIVE, EUROPE 1942-1944
AF037  ALGERIA-FRENCH MOROCCO 1942
AF038  TUNISIA (AIR) 1942-1943
AF039  SICILY (AIR) 1943
AF040  NAPLES-FOGGIA (AIR) 1943-1944
AF041  ANZIO 1944
AF042  ROME-ARNO 1944
AF043  NORMANDY 1944
AF044  NORTHERN FRANCE 1944
AF045  SOUTHERN FRANCE 1944
AF046  NORTH APENNINES 1944-1945
AF047  RHINELAND 1944-1945
AF048  ARDENNES-ALSACE 1944-1945
AF049  CENTRAL EUROPE 1945
AF050  PO VALLEY 1945

Korean Service (Ribbon #78)

Korean Service Ribbon #78

Part#   Inscription
AF051  UN DEFENSIVE 1950
AF052  UN OFFENSIVE 1950
AF053  CCF INTERVENTION 1950-1951
AF054  FIRST UN COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1951
AF055  CCF SPRING OFFENSIVE 1951
AF056  UN SUMMER-FALL OFFENSIVE 1951
AF057  SECOND KOREAN WINTER 1951-1952
AF058  KOREA SUMMER-FALL 1952
AF059  THIRD KOREAN WINTER 1952-1953
AF060  KOREA SUMMER 1953

Vietnam Service (Ribbon #151)

Vietnam Service Ribbon #151

Part#   Inscription
AF061  VIETNAM ADVISORY 1961-1965
AF062  VIETNAM DEFENSIVE 1965-1966
AF063  VIETNAM AIR 1966
AF064  VIETNAM AIR OFFENSIVE 1966-1967
AF065  VIETNAM AIR OFFENSIVE PHASE II 1967-1968
AF066  VIETNAM AIR OFFENSIVE PHASE III 1968
AF067  VIETNAM AIR/GROUND 1968
AF068  VIETNAM AIR OFFENSIVE PHASE IV 1968-1969
AF069  TET 69/COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1969
AF070  VIETNAM SUMMER-FALL 1969
AF071  VIETNAM WINTER-SPRING 1969-1970
AF072  SANCTUARY COUNTEROFFENSIVE 1970
AF073  SOUTHWEST MONSOON 1970
AF074  COMMANDO HUNT V 1970-1971
AF075  COMMANDO HUNT VI 1971
AF076  COMMANDO HUNT VII 1971-1972
AF077  VIETNAM CEASEFIRE 1972-1973

Armed Forces Expeditionary (Ribbon #012)

Armed Forces Expeditionary Ribbon #12

Part#   Inscription
AF078  LEBANON 1958
AF079  TAIWAN STRAITS 1958-1959
AF080  QUEMOY AND MATSU ISLANDS 1958-1963
AF081  BERLIN 1961-1963
AF082  CUBA 1962-1963
AF083  CONGO 1964
AF084  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1965-1966
AF085  KOREA 1966-1974
AF086  CAMBODIA 1975
AF087  VIETNAM 1975
AF088  MAYAGUEZ OPERATION 1975
AF089  GRENADA 1983                              (See Note 1)
AF090  PANAMA 1989-1990                        (See Note 1)
AF091  HAITI 1994-1995
AF092  CONGO 1960-1962
AF093  SOMALIA 1992-1995
AF094  VIETNAM 1958-1965
AF095  LAOS 1961-1962
AF096  CAMBODIA 1973
AF097  THAILAND 1973
AF098  LEBANON 1983-1987
AF099  LIBYA-ELDORADO CANYON 1986
AF100  PERSIAN GULF 1987-1990

 
Note 1.   Only two of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Streamers "GRENADA & PANAMA", are additionally authorized to be displayed on Air Force Organizational flags and guidons.

Southwest Asia Service (Ribbon #356)

Southwest Asia Service Ribbon #356
Part#   Inscription
AF101  DEFENSE OF SAUDI ARABIA 1990-1991
AF102  LIBERATION AND DEFENSE OF KUWAIT 1991
AF103  SOUTHWEST ASIA CEASE-FIRE 1991-1995

Kosovo Campaign (Ribbon #532)

Part#   Inscription
AF104  KOSOVO AIR CAMPAIGN 1999

Afghanistan Campaign (Ribbon #593)

Part#   Inscription
AF105    LIBERATION OF AFGHANISTAN 2001
AF106    CONSOLIDATION I 2001-2006

Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary (Ribbon #579)

Part#   Inscription
AF107    GLOBAL WAR ON TERRORISM

Iraq Campaign (Ribbon #594)

Part#     Inscription
AF108    LIBERATION OF IRAQ 2003
AF109    TRANSITION OF IRAQ 2003-2004
AF110    IRAQI GOVERNANCE 2004-2005
AF111    NATIONAL RESOLUTION 2005-2007
AF112    IRAQI SURGE 2007-2008

All Battle Streamers are made to military specifications, Type 1, Class 4, Size 1 (2 3/4" wide by 4" long).


The following are excluded for display on the Air Force Ceremonial flag. These are war service streamers and are authorized for display on organizational flags and guidons only. They are Type II, Class 4, Size 2 (2-3/4 inches wide by 3 feet long) for organizational flags or as Type II, Class 4, Size 3 (1-3/8 inches wide by 2 feet long) for guidons.

World War I (Ribbon #148)

Part#  Inscription
AF200   ALSACE
AF201   CHAMPAGNE 
AF202   FLANDERS     
AF203   ILE-DE-FRANCE
AF204   LORRAINE   
AF205   PICARDY  

World War II, American Theater (Ribbon #009)

Part#  Inscription
AF206  None

WWII, Asiatic Pacific Theater (Ribbon #017)

Part#    Inscription
AF207   None
AF208   ANTISUBMARINE 1941-1945

Korean Service (Ribbon #078)

Part#    Inscription
AF209   None

Southwest Asia Service (Ribbon #356)

Part#    Inscription
AF210   None


USAF Guidon Streamers

Type II, Class 4, Size 3 (1 3/8" by 2') is for use with guidon flags.
Guidon Streamers have appropriately smaller lettering and devices.  Instead of a grommet, a sleeve is sewn that allows the Streamer to fit over the top of the guidon flagpole and slide up or down on the pole.  Embroidered inscriptions include dates of awards and or places of action.  Shown below are only a few of the many guidon Streamers

 Part #AF004N2
  Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA)      Ribbon #004
 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) Ribbon #04

  Part #AF178N2
  Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (AFOEA)     Ribbon #178
 Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (AFOEA) Ribbon #178

  Part #AF054N2
  Presidential Unit Award (Army/Air Force)    Ribbon #054
 Presidential Unit Award (Army/Air Force) Ribbon #54

  Part #AF092N2
  Meritorious Unit Commendation     Ribbon #092
 Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon #92

  Part #AF078N2     Korean Service     Ribbon #078
 Korean Service Ribbon #78

  Part #AF151N2     Vietnam Service    Ribbon #151
 Vietnam Service Ribbon #151