This award, authorized by Executive Order 12754, 12 March 1991, is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who served in support of Operation DESERT SHIELD or DESERT STORM between 2 August 1990 and 30 November 1995 in one or more of the following areas: Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees N latitude and west of 68 degrees E longitude, and the land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates; or individuals serving in Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Syria, and Jordan (including territorial airspace and waters) directly supporting combat operations between 17 January 1991 and 30 November 1995.
This award came with three distinct campaign periods:
Defense of Saudi Arabia, 2 August 1990 - 16 January 1991
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait, 17 January 1991 - 11 April 1991
Southwest Asia Cease Fire Campaign, 12 April 1991 to 30 November 1995.
A bronze service star is worn for participation in each respective campaign period.
1. 3/16" Bronze Campaign Star
This Southwest Asia Service Ribbon is manufactured by the same government contractor that supplies the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and the Armed Forces Exchanges, it's quality is guaranteed.