Gallant Unit Citation


Gallant Unit Citation

Infobox Military Award
name=Gallant Unit Citation


caption=
awarded_by=United States Air Force
type=Ribbon
eligibility=Military Unit
for=Heroism
status=Currently awarded
first_award=2005
last_award=Ongoing
total=
posthumous=
recipients=3


caption2= Gallant Unit Citation Streamer
individual=Silver Star
higher=Presidential Unit Citation
same=DoD - Joint Meritorious Unit Award Army - Valorous Unit Award Navy - Navy Unit Commendation Coast Guard - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
lower=Meritorious Unit Commendation

Award Description

The Gallant Unit Citation (GUC) was approved in March 2004 and is awarded to any Air Force unit which distinguishes itself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in armed combat with an enemy force on or after 11 September 2001. The GUC requires a lesser degree of gallantry, determination and esprit de corps than that required for the Presidential Unit Citation (PUC). The unit must have performed with marked distinction under difficult and hazardous conditions in accomplishing its mission so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same conflict. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant award of the Silver Star to an individual. The GUC will normally be earned by units that have participated in single or successive actions covering relatively brief time spans. Only on rare occasions will a unit larger than a group qualify for the GUC. Extended periods of combat duty or participation in a large number of operational missions, either air or ground, is not sufficient. Additional awards of the Gallant Unit Citation are denoted by oak leaf clusters.

Cited units

The only units to date that have received this award are the 352d Special Operations Group, [ [http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/PubAffairs/release/2007/3/UnitAwards.asp AFPC - Air Force Personnel Center ] ] , the 332d Air Expeditionary Group, [ [http://www.920rqw.afrc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-061002-009.pdf October2006.indd ] ] and the 16th Operations Group (renamed the 1st Special Operations Group in 2006)http://www2.hurlburt.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-070124-035.pdf] and units subordinate to each during the cited timeframe.

ubordinate units to the 16th Operations Group receiving the award

*4th Special Operations Squadron
*6th Special Operations Squadron
*8th Special Operations Squadron
*9th Special Operations Squadron
*15th Special Operations Squadron
*16th Special Operations Squadron
*19th Special Operations Squadron
*20th Special Operations Squadron
*16th Operations Support Squadron
*16th Operations Group, Operating Location D
*919th Operations Group
*711th Special Operations Squadron
*919th Operations Support Squadron
*5th Special Operations Squadron
*AFSOC Air Operations
*Operating Location JM1 Air Force Element Medical
*Air Force Element Medical DoD, Operating Location Special Operations Squadron

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