Executive Order Expanding Eligibility for Certain Military Decorations and Awards

By the authority vested in me as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, the following Executive Orders are amended as follows:

Division 1. Amendments to Executive Order 9158. Executive Order 9158 of May 11, 1942 (Air Medal), as amended by Executive Order 9242-A of September 11, 1942 (amending Executive Order No. 9158 of May 11, 1942, to provide that the Air Medal may be awarded to persons Serving in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard of the United States), is further amended as follows:
a) The first paragraph is amended—
(i) deleting “Army and Navy” and inserting “Armed Forces” instead;
(ii) deleting “any person” and inserting “those persons” instead;
(iii) by inserting “Air Force, Space Force,” after “Marine Corps,”; and
(iv) deleting “stands out or has stood out” and inserting “stands out or has stood out” instead.
(b) The second paragraph is amended—
(i) by amending the first sentence to read: “The Air Medal and its accessories shall be of a suitable design approved by the Secretary of Defense and, under such regulations as the Secretaries of the Military Departments may prescribe, may be awarded by the Secretary of the Army, Secretary of the Navy, Secretary of the Air Force, or Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard when not operating as that service in the Navy, or by such commanders of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Space Force, or Coast Guard as said Secretaries may respectively designate; » ; and
(ii) in the second sentence, by deleting “its jurisdiction” and inserting “the jurisdiction of the Navy” instead.
(c) The following new paragraph is added at the end of the Executive Order: “The regulations of the secretaries of the military departments concerned with respect to the award of the Air Medal shall, so far as possible, be uniform and subject to the approval of the Secretary of Defense”.

Second. 2. Amendments to Executive Order 8809. Executive Order 8809 of June 28, 1941 (Good Conduct Medal), as amended by Executive Order 9323 of March 31, 1943 (amendment to Executive Order No. 8809 of June 28, 1941, establishing the Good Conduct Medal) and Executive Order 10444 of April 10, 1953 (Amendment to Executive Order No. 8809 of June 28, 1941, establishing the Good Conduct Medal, as amended by Executive Order No. 9323 of March 31, 1943), is further amended—
a) deleting “men” and inserting “members” instead;
(b) by inserting “and on or after December 20, 2019, in the case of the United States Space Force,” after “August 27, 1940,”;
(c) by inserting “and on or after December 20, 2019, in the case of the United States Space Force,” after “December 7, 1941,”; and
(d) by inserting “, and on or after December 20, 2019, in the case of the United States Space Force”, after “June 27, 1950”.

Second. 3. Amendments to Executive Order 10694. Paragraph 1 of Executive Order 10694 of January 10, 1957 (authorizing the Secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force to issue citations on behalf of the President of the United States to military and naval units for outstanding performance in action), is amended by inserting “, and effective December 20, 2019, in the case of Space Force” after “or Air Force”.

Second. 4. Amendments to Executive Order 11046. Paragraph 1 of Executive Order 11046 of August 24, 1962 (authorizing the award of the Bronze Star Medal) is amended—
a) deleting “Transport” and inserting “Homeland Security” instead;
(b) deleting “any person” and inserting “those persons” instead;
(c) by inserting “Space Force,” after “Air Force,”; and
(d) by deleting “stands out or has stood out” and by inserting “stands out or has stood out”.

Second. 5. Amendments to Executive Order 13830. Executive Order 13830 of April 20, 2018 (Delegation of Authority to Approve Certain Military Decorations) is amended as follows:
(a) The paragraph preceding section 1 is amended—
(i) by deleting “3742, 3743, 3746, 3749, 3750, 6242, 6243, 6244, 6245, 6246, 8742, 8743, 8746, 8749 and 8750” and inserting instead “7272, 7273, 72796, 72796, 72796, , 7280, 8292, 8293, 8294, 8295, 8296, 9272, 9273, 9276, 9279, 9280 and 9280a”; and
(ii) by deleting “491a, 492, 492a, 492b and 493” and inserting in their place “2735, 2736, 2737, 2738 and 2739”.
(b) Section 1 is amended—
(i) deleting “any person” and inserting “those persons” instead;
(ii) inserting “Space Force,” after “Air Force,”; and
(iii) deleting “stands out” and inserts “stands out” instead.
(c) Section 2 is amended—
(i) deleting “any person” and inserting “those persons” instead;
(ii) inserting “Space Force,” after “Air Force,”; and
(iii) deleting “stands out” and inserts “stands out” instead.
(d) Section 3 is amended by inserting “Space Force,” after “Air Force,”.
(e) Section 4 is amended—
(i) in paragraph (a)—
(A) deleting “any member” and inserting “members” instead; and
(B) deleting “distinguished” and inserting “distinguish” instead; and
(ii) in paragraph (c) by striking out “his”.
(f) Section 5(a) is amended—
(i) deleting “any eligible person” and inserting “eligible persons” instead; and
(ii) deleting “stands out” and inserts “stands out” instead.
(g) Section 6(a) is amended—
(i) deleting “any person” and inserting “those persons” instead; and
(ii) deleting “stands out” and inserts “stands out” instead.

Second. 6. Amendments to Executive Order 11545. Executive Order 11545 of July 9, 1970 (creating the Defense Distinguished Service Medal) is amended as follows:
a) Section 1 is amended by striking out “military officer” and inserting “member of the armed forces of the United States” instead.
b) Section 2 is amended by deleting “he” and inserting “the secretary” in its place.

Second. seven. General provisions. (a) Nothing in this Order shall be construed as impairing or otherwise affecting:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or its head; Where
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative or legislative proposals.
(b) This order will be enforced in accordance with applicable law and subject to the availability of funds.
(c) This order is not intended to create and does not create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies or entities, officers, employees , or agents, or any other person.

JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.

THE WHITE HOUSE,
October 3, 2022.

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