Air Force Good Conduct Medal Reinstated
Maj Paul Villagran - 11 Feb 09
Admin Note: I have to say finally they got
it right. with the push for heritage, this actually make sense.
WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force officials announced Feb. 11 the reinstatement of
the Air Force Good Conduct Medal for enlisted members, effective immediately and
retroactive to Feb. 6, 2006, when the medal was discontinued. Airmen who are
eligible should see an update automatically in their records on the virtual
Military Personnel Flight Web site.
Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel, and
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney J. McKinley announced the
reintroduction of the medal.
"This is a great day for the Air Force," said Chief McKinley. "The Air Force
Good Conduct Medal has a positive impact on good order and discipline in the
unit. It's part of our history and we needed to bring it back to where it
rightfully should be, part of our enlisted heritage.
"When an Airman is pinned with their first good conduct medal it's an event they
will never forget," he said. "I still remember, vividly, receiving my first Good
General Newton echoed Chief McKinley's words.
"Bringing this medal back shows the Air Force commitment of being all in when
taking care of our Airmen and their families," Gen. Newton said. "This is a
great tool for our commanders to recognize deserving Airmen."
The return of the medal comes after the secretary of the Air Force approved a
recommendation from a January 2008 awards summit co-hosted by representatives of
the office of the secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs
and the directorate for manpower and personnel.
Both directorates contended that the AFGCM, one of the oldest military
decorations dating back to World War II, has a long-standing tradition in the
Air Force and links Airmen with those who served throughout the history of the
service. In addition, Air Force officials solicited input from the field
regarding the Good Conduct Medal.
"All services present the Good Conduct Medal to those who distinguish themselves
by exemplary behavior, so Airmen will now have the same opportunity for
recognition as Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coastguardsmen," said Gen. Newton.
"Chief McKinley is exactly right that this is a great day for the Air Force. A
time-honored tradition is back."
For questions regarding updates to Air Force personnel records, Airmen can call
the Air Force Contact Center at 1-800-616-3775.