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ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPROVAL OF HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL (HSM) FOR OPERATION ALLIES REFUGE (OAR)


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SUBJ/ANNOUNCEMENT OF APPROVAL OF HUMANITARIAN SERVICE MEDAL (HSM) FOR 
OPERATION ALLIES REFUGE (OAR)// 
 
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NARR/ REF A ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF THE HSM FOR OPERATION ALLIES REFUGE (OAR). 
REF B IS DOD 1348.33M VOL2, SECDEF MANUAL OF MILITARY DECORATIONS AND AWARDS. 
REF C IS SECNAV M-1650.1, NAVY AND MARINE AWARDS MANUAL.// 
 
RMKS/1.  As required by reference (a), the following guidance is provided for 
award of the HSM. 
 
2.  HSM Eligibility Criteria: 
a.  The HSM has been approved by the award authority for U.S. Service members 
and Reserve Components (to include the National Guard), who were physically 
present and provided direct humanitarian assistance to the evacuees during 
the transportation to and initial settlement at the following intermediate, 
safe haven locations:  
Qatar - Al Udeid Air Base, Camp as Sayliyah, and Camp Doha; 
Kuwait - Camp Buehring and Ali Al Salem Air Base; Shaikh Isa Air Base, 
Bahrain;  
United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi and Al Dahfra; Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi 
Arabia; Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo;  
Germany - Rhine Ordnance Barracks and Ramstein; Rota, Spain; Sigonella, 
Italy;  
Virginia- Chantilly, Dulles, Quantico, Fort Pickett, and Fort Lee; Fort 
Bliss, Texas; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New 
Jersey; Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and Tampa, Florida during the 
period 01 July 2021 through 30 August 2021. 
b.  The recipient must meet ALL of the following criteria to be eligible for 
the HSM: 
       (1) Have been physically present, and 
       (2) Directly participated in the humanitarian relief support to the 
refugees 
           who were evacuated following cessation of combat actions in 
Afghanistan. 
       (3) Personnel who were not directly participating in the humanitarian 
efforts to the evacuees remain eligible for personal military decorations for 
support rendered to the overall success of the operation. 
       (4) All supporting personnel inside the Afghanistan theater for OAR 
remain eligible for the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. 
 
3.  Awarding authority: 
a.  Active/Reserve personnel. Determination for personnel is delegated to the 
command level of O-6/civilian equivalent or above. Awarding authorities must 
confirm individual participation by verifying assignment via orders, 
evaluations/fitness reports, or other official documentation which verifies 
participation in the humanitarian relief support to the refugees who were 
evacuated following cessation of combat actions in Afghanistan. Once 
verified, commands should submit the appropriate service record documentation 
via their personnel office. 
b.  Navy veterans. Navy personnel honorably discharged or retired before 
announced approval of these awards and who meet the criterion above may 
submit a written request for consideration for award of the HSM. Written 
request must indicate the qualifying unit and dates assigned, a copy of the 
Service Members unredacted DD-214, and any supporting documentation 
(evaluation, fitness report, TAD or PCS orders) showing serving with the 
qualifying unit or individual participation. Requests may be mailed to:  
Navy Personnel Command 
(PERS 312), 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington, TN 38055. 
 c.  Only one award of the HSM may be received for participation in the OAR 
 relief operation. 
 
4.  Participating Units and Personnel: 
a.  As required by reference (c), Commanding Officers whose units meet the 
criteria for award of the HSM must submit a completed OPNAV Form 1650/14 
which should include a list of qualified personnel via 
cno_awards@us.navy.mil. These units will be entered into the awards database. 
This is to facilitate documentation only and does not imply unit-wide 
approval. Individual service record documentation continues to be a command 
responsibility. 
b.  Navy personnel attached to DoD, Joint or other non-Navy commands who meet 
the criteria outlined above should have their DoD or Joint command confirm 
eligibility and submit the appropriate service record documentation. 
 
5.  Released by Andrew S. Haeuptle, Director, Navy Staff// 
 
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