The Air Medal is awarded to any member of the
Armed Forces of the United States who
distinguishes themselves by meritorious
achievement while participating in aerial flight.
It is given for combat or non-combat action, and
conferred in recognition of single acts of heroism
or merit for operational activities against an
armed enemy. Additionally, it is given for
meritorious services, or for sustained distinction
in the performance of duties involving aerial
This decoration was established in May 1942.