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Achievement Awards
Note: All awards are presented on this page in their correct order of precedence and are based on the information found in the 2009 MFM. Awards are worn in the order of Achievement, Service, and Training. Also please note that the colors shown on here do not necessarily represent the correct coloring for a particular ribbon. This is due to the variations in monitors. Ribbons that are solid in color, dual, or three equal blocks, and ribbon attachments can be ordered through Glendale. Specialty ribbons can only be ordered through the SFMC Quartermaster.
 
 

Black with Gold Oak Leaf Cluster
Gold Nebula
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: As needed

This award is given to any SFMC member who saves another person from immediate and potentially fatal harm while risking his/her own life in the process. The award recipient must meet the following special criteria (and the nomination should include all applicable information relevant to these criteria) to qualify for this award:

  • The “victim” must have been in immediate and potentially fatal harm at the time of the Marine’s action. This means the person’s life MUST have been in danger (near certainty) of being lost without medical treatment, or other professional aid, within a reasonable amount of time without the Marine’s actions (this must be clear either from the award nomination itself or from supporting documentation).
  • The Marine’s life MUST also have been placed in danger by his/her actions. This means the Marine must have done something, during the course of his/her actions, to place his/her own life in danger (i.e., saving a child from drowning by jumping into a rushing river and pulling the child to shore is a worthy example; simply using your car to stop other traffic from impacting the victim or the victim’s vehicle is not).
  • Lifesaving as a normal part of one’s employment (paramedic, doctor, lifeguard, etc.) is excluded from this award. However, actions made while off-duty from one’s job may be considered for this award.
  • This award is considered the Medal of Honor for the SFMC, and recipients of this award who are displaying this ribbon may be saluted under any circumstance.
     

Black with Silver Oak Leaf Cluster
Silver Nebula
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: As needed

This award is given to any SFMC member who saves another person from immediate and potentially fatal harm without risking his/her own life in the process. Other than the risk to the lifesaver’s own life, all criteria of the Gold Nebula apply.


Red/White/Black
Distinguished Service Cross
Issuing Authority: General Staff
Frequency: As needed
 
This award is given to any member of the SFMC to recognize their lengthy and dedicated service to the SFMC. Recipients of this award will have demonstrated their dedication to the SFMC over extended lengths of time in a variety of positions of responsibility within and benefiting the SFMC. This Marine will have consistently performed above and beyond the normal duties of grade, branch, specialty or assignment to the degree of extraordinary recognition from key individuals of the SFMC. Simple experience of an individual is not adequate basis for this award.

In order to qualify for this award a candidate must have already received the Commandant’s Meritorious Service Award (CMSA) or STARFLEET Cross and continued to serve the SFMC in a leadership or staff position above the MSG level for at least 3 years after receipt of the Commandant’s MSA or STARFLEET Cross. In order to receive this award, after meeting the basic qualifications, the General Staff must vote to issue by at least a 2/3 majority. At least five (5) years must pass between issuance of this award to any specific individual.
   

Gold
Cross of Honor(a.k.a. SFMC Marine of the Year)
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: Annual (one award issued to one marine each year)

This award is given to the marine, officer or enlisted, that most exemplifies the spirit, image and attitude of the SFMC—the one who sets the standard for personal conduct, appearance, motivation, dedicated service and esprit de corps for which all STARFLEET Marines strive. Normally, the General Staff selects the top three candidates for this award from among the Cross of Valor recipients in the various brigades, and passes those names on to the Commandant for his selection of the final recipient. The recipient of the Cross of Honor is known as the “Marine of the Year”.


208
Sword of Honor (a.k.a. SFMC Leader of the Year)
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: Annual (one award issued to one marine each year)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Jackson Ribbon

This award is given to the Marine who most exemplifies the personal and professional standards of leadership valued by the SFMC. This individual has provided the highest standard of guidance and leadership to their fellow Marines, setting a standard of excellence for other leaders to follow. Normally, the General Staff selects the top three candidates for this award from among the Sword of Valor recipients in the various brigades, and passes those names on to the Commandant for his selection of the final recipient.


204
Shield of Honor (a.k.a. SFMC Volunteer of the Year)
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: Annual (one award issued to one marine each year)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Akers Ribbon

This award is given to the Marine who has made the most significant personal impact in community service efforts within the SFMC. This effort does not necessarily have to be on behalf of a SFMC campaign effort, but financial donations are specifically excluded as the basis for eligibility. Volunteering your time and hard work counts; simply writing a check doesn’t. Normally, the General Staff selects the top three candidates for this award from among the Shield of Valor recipients in the various brigades, and passes those names on to the Commandant for his selection of the final recipient.


Red/White
Star of Honor (a.k.a. SFMC NCO of the Year)
Issuing Authority: SGM/SFMC
Frequency: Annual (one award issued to one marine each year)

This award is given to the Marine NCO who most exemplifies the personal and professional standards of leadership valued by the SFMC NCO Corps. This Marine NCO has made a significant personal impact in community service efforts throughout their area, and through their actions and words, have provided the highest standard of guidance and leadership to their fellow Marines, setting a standard of excellence for other NCOs to follow. Normally, the General Staff selects the top three candidates for this award from among the Star of Valor recipients in the various brigades, and passes those names on to the SGM/ SFMC for his selection of the final recipient.


206
Legion of Honor (a.k.a. SFMC Unit of the Year)
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: Annual (one award issued to one unit each year)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Smith-Weber Ribbon

This award is given to the SFMC unit that most exemplifies the spirit, image and attitude of the Corps. This unit should set the standard for conduct, appearance, motivation and activity for which all STARFLEET Marine units strive. Normally, the General Staff selects the top three candidate units for this award from among the Legion of Valor recipients in the various brigades, and passes those units on to the Commandant for his selection of the final recipient.


Royal Blue/Gold/Royal Blue
STARFLEET Cross
Issuing Authority: Commander, STARFLEET
Frequency: As needed (one award per marine per year maximum)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Les Rickard Ribbon

This award is given by the Commander, Starfleet to recognize a marine who has rendered exceptional service to STARFLEET in general—either by demonstrating consistently outstanding performance over time, or by performing a particular task or service to a high standard of excellence.


220
Commandants Meritorious Service Award
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: As needed (one award per marine per year maximum)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Olson Ribbon

This award is given to any member of the SFMC who has distinguished himself or herself with exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service to the SFMC over an extended period of time. This Marine will have performed above and beyond the normal duties of grade, branch, specialty or assignment to the degree of special recognition from key individuals of the SFMC. Simple experience of an individual is not adequate basis for this award.

To qualify for this award, an individual must have already been awarded the SFMC Service Commendation at least twice and have served in a leadership role in the SFMC on the Brigade level (or above) for at least 2 years. Leadership role means serving as BDE staff or service on the GS as a member, their deputy or as part of the GS member’s staff, the service does not have to be in the same role, but must be continuous. At the discretion of the issuing authority, the continuous service requirement may be waived for just and stated cause in favor of 5 years total service as outlined above. At least three (3) years must pass between issuance of this award to any specific individual.


Gold/Purple
Comet
Issuing Authority: Brigade OIC
Frequency: As needed

This award is given to any SFMC member who saves another person from imminent harm without risking his/her own life in the process. This award is to be used when it is not clear whether the harm that would have been done to the victim was of an “immediate and potentially fatal” nature, as required by the Gold and Silver Nebula Awards.

  • Imminent harm is defined as the probable serious injury if action by the Marine had not occurred.
  • Severe injury is defined as broken bones, need for surgery, higher than normal pain and suffering (more than a few days of soreness or minor ache).
  • Actions which prevent a person from minor aches and pains (i.e., plant falling on arm/leg, falling less than 7 feet from a ladder or other height (unless it is readily apparent that broken bones or other injuries would probably result), etc…) are excluded from consideration of this award as they are not defined as serious injuries.
  • Dependent upon the medical condition of the person saved (diabetes, brittle bones, etc.), some ordinarily excluded actions would qualify a marine for this award; such medical condition information, therefore, should be included in the nomination.
   

216
Cross of Valor (a.k.a. Brigade Marine of the Year)
Issuing Authority: Brigade OIC
Frequency: Annual (one award per brigade issued each year)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Deidre Rickard Ribbon

This award is given to the marine, officer or enlisted, that most exemplifies the spirit, image and attitude of the SFMC within a particular brigade—the one who sets the standard for personal conduct, appearance, motivation, dedicated service and esprit de corps for which all STARFLEET Marines in that brigade strive.


209
Sword of Valor (a.k.a. Brigade Leader of the Year)
Issuing Authority: Brigade OIC
Frequency: Annual (one award per brigade issued each year)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Bisig Ribbon

This award is given to the Marine who most exemplifies the personal and professional standards of leadership valued by the Brigade. This individual, through their actions and words, has provided the highest standard of guidance and leadership to their fellow Marines, setting a standard of excellence for other leaders to follow.


212
Shield of Valor (a.k.a. Brigade Volunteer of the Year)
Issuing Authority: Brigade OIC
Frequency: Annual (one award per brigade issued each year)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Kelly Ribbon

This award is given to the Marine who has made the most significant personal impact in community service efforts within the Brigade. This effort does not necessarily have to be on behalf of a SFMC campaign effort, but financial donations are specifically excluded as the basis for eligibility. Volunteering your time and hard work counts; simply writing a check doesn’t. Candidates for this award should be chosen from marines in a particular brigade who have received the Community Service Citation within the past year.


Red
Star of Valor (a.k.a. Brigade NCO of the Year)
Issuing Authority: Brigade SGM
Frequency: Annual (one award per brigade issued each year)

This award is given to the Marine NCO who most exemplifies the personal and professional standards of leadership valued by the NCO Corps of a Brigade. This Marine NCO has made a significant personal impact in community service efforts throughout their area, and through their actions and words, have provided the highest standard of guidance and leadership to their fellow Marines, setting a standard of excellence for other NCOs to follow.


217
Legion of Valor (a.k.a. Brigade Unit of the Year)
Issuing Authority: Brigade OIC
Frequency: Annual (one award per brigade issued each year)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Matt Copple Ribbon

This award is given to the Brigade unit that most exemplifies the spirit, image and attitude of the STARFLEET Marine Corps within that Brigade. This unit should set the standard for conduct, appearance, motivation and activity for which all units in the Brigade strive.


Purple
Wounded Lion
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: As needed

This award is given to Marines who are seriously injured while on duty as a STARFLEET Marine during a STARFLEET or STARFLEET Marine event. The injury must be serious enough to require emergency room attention.


214
SFMC Service Commendation
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: As needed (one award per marine per year maximum)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Hoover Ribbon

This award is given to recognize marines who have rendered exceptional service to the Corps by demonstrating consistently outstanding performance over time. To be eligible for this award, a marine must have served in an official capacity for a period of at least six months.


Navy Blue
SFMC Achievement Award
Issuing Authority: Commandant
Frequency: As needed

This award is given to recognize marines who have rendered exceptional service to the Corps by performing a particular task or service to a high standard of excellence. Such accomplishment should be of national or international significance and affect or reflect favorably on the Corps as a whole.


Grey
Brigade Service Commendation
Issuing Authority: Brigade OIC
Frequency: As needed (one award per marine per year maximum)

This award is given to recognize marines who have rendered exceptional service to a particular brigade by demonstrating consistently outstanding performance over time. To be eligible for this award, a marine must have served in an official capacity for a period of at least six months.


210
Brigade Achievement Award
Issuing Authority: Brigade OIC
Frequency: As needed
SFMC Ribbon Name: Strasser Ribbon

This award is given to recognize marines who have rendered exceptional service to a particular brigade by performing a particular task or service to a high standard of excellence. Such accomplishment should be of regional significance and affect or reflect favorably on the brigade as a whole.


215
Meritorious Unit Citation
Issuing Authority: Brigade OIC (for BN and below) COFORCECOM (for BDE or above)
Frequency: As needed (one award per unit per year maximum)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Malotte Ribbon

This award is given to an MSG, a BDE staff, or other marine unit which exemplifies meritorious service either by demonstrating consistently outstanding performance over time, or by performing a particular task or service to a high standard of excellence. Receipt of this award neither recommends a unit for, nor precludes a unit from, receiving additional unit recognition such as the Legion of Valor.


219
Leader's Commendation
Issuing Authority: Unit OIC
Frequency: As needed (one award per marine per year maximum)
SFMC Ribbon Name: Murphy Ribbon

This award is given by a Unit OIC to a marine under his command who exemplifies meritorious service either by demonstrating consistently outstanding performance over time, or by performing a particular task or service to a high standard of excellence. Receipt of this award neither recommends the marine for, nor precludes him from, receiving additional recognition such as the Cross of Valor.