Good Conduct Medal reinstated by Air Force

By Maj. Paul Villagran: Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

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 Conduct Medal.”

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.