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#12634385 Aug 18, 2016 at 01:01 PM · Edited 9 months ago
Major General
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Me and others have discussed about this and finally we decided that OPRF is going to feature an awards and decoration system which will start running from today with medal award that will start immediately, managed by me with help from Pinto, Leto and the others.
The whole system is based on the U.S. military medals system, with custom criteria for us which has been decided and sorted out by me and Leto according to our requirements and other stuff.
I will open another topic which will be used to award medals, decorations, ribbons, etc. while this one will show the available medals and the criteria required to be awarded.
In addition to these awards, members of a winning Team representing a country during a big event will be awarded of the nation's highest air force (or state) decoration if available.

Ribbons can be displayed into the "About me" personal section of the forum if wanted.

Useful websites:
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_decorations_of_the_United_States_Armed_Forces
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Awards_and_decorations_of_the_United_States_Air_Force
- https://www.usamilitarymedals.com/


AIR FORCE DECORATIONS

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
criteria: awarded to all the members of a winning team of a major event.

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award
criteria: awarded to members attending an event which consist of fighting an opposing force with no definite teams.

Air Force Cross
criteria: awarded to airmen with specific requirements:
-at least 500 flight hrs with OPRF aircrafts.
-A constant participation in the community
-A good conduct on website, Discord, etc
-respectful of the rules and other people
-a substantial contribution with development to the community
-at least 5 times leader of a winning team of a big event

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
criteria: awarded to members being at least 2 times leaders of a winning team (or, being with a winning team for at least 4 times) of a major event with at least 200 flight hrs.

Airman’s Medal
criteria: awarded to airmen which performed notable actions during big major events (defending an important location even if with low fuel or damaged by enemy, help of a fellow airman in a dogfight behind the enemy lines, etc).

Aerial Achievement Medal
criteria: awarded to members who obtained at least 5 aerial victories in a single big event or 10 discontinuous victories in successive big events.

Air Medal
criteria: awarded to members who obtained at least 10 aerial victories in a single big event or 20 discontinuous victories in successive big events.

Air Force Commendation Medal (retroactive award)
criteria: awarded to members with O-4 grade and above who performed at least 110 flight hrs and participated at least at 5 big events.

Air Force Achievement Medal
criteria: awarded to members who obtained 4 or less aerial victories in a single big event.

Air Force Combat Action Medal (retroactive award)
criteria: awarded to members who took part at combat during a big event.

Combat Readiness Medal
criteria: awarded to members who sustained individual combat mission readiness during a big event against a superior enemy and achieved a significative result.

Air Force Good Conduct Medal
criteria: awarded to people who respect both rules and other OPRF members.

Outstanding Airman of the Month Ribbon
criteria: awarded each month to a member who has shown up often to training exercises.

Air Force Recognition Ribbon (retroactive award)
criteria: awarded to members who contribute significantly in any way to the community.

Air Force Overseas Short Tour Service Ribbon
criteria: awarded to all members who take part at a major big event outside the US territory.

Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon
criteria: awarded to members who reach 5 patrols outside the US territory.

Air Force Longevity Service Award
criteria: awarded to members who obtain 500+ flight hrs with OPRF aircrafts.

Air Force Special Duty Ribbon (retroactive award)
criteria: awarded to members who, apart from flying, perform special tasks within the community like development, planning events and more.

Air Force Recruiter Ribbon
criteria: awarded to members who search for new members to join OPRF.

Air Force Training Ribbon (retroactive award)
criteria: awarded to all members who fly hours with OPRF aircrafts.


US MILITARY DECORATIONS

Armed Forces Service Medal
criteria: awarded to members who obtain significant results during non-big events (patrols included).

Distinguished Flying Cross
criteria: awarded to members who, during a major OPRF event, perform efficiently critical tasks during aerial warfare of the battle (e.g. AWACS service, ATA refueling, CSAR, recons, air strikes etc.)

Defense Superior Service Medal
criteria: awarded to leaders of a winning team during a big monthly event.

Defense Meritorious Service Medal
criteria: awarded to eventual team leader helper/s who won a big event.

Meritorious Service Medal (retroactive award)
criteria: awarded to members who complete at least 5 successful patrols.

Silver Star
criteria: Awarded to members who attend at least 80% time of a major event bringing significative support.

Bronze Star
criteria: Awarded to members who attend at least 50% time of a big event bringing sustained support.

Legion of Merit
criteria: awarded for special superior tasks not mentioned in any other decoration.

Purple Hearth
criteria: awarded to members who after being damaged during air combat in major events, have successfully made they're way home and landed safely at the home airport (or any secondary base).

NATO DECORATIONS

NATO Meritorious Service Medal
criteria: awarded to all members who participate in events which focus on NATO missions (Air policy, etc.)
Breakin' the sound barrier everyday!
Peace through superior AIRPOWER
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#12847561 Nov 11, 2016 at 05:06 PM
Major General
618 Posts
#12846039 SNOWY1 wrote:

How are the more subjective awards (special duty ribbon etc.) kept fair, and what decision-making processes are conducted to determine their recipients?


Answering Snowy's question over here.
Well, the most subjective awards should be kept fair by awarding them only if what someone does is included in the criteria required to be awarded a certain medal/ribbon. TBH I'd love people to be more inclined in telling me things that could be awarded with something because currently I've been doing things on my own and/or suggesting what or wether I should give the award or not to some people awards for certain notable things they've done.
For example I decided to award pinto the AFSDR because he has beed working on the MiG, been organizing the Festival ops and provided his PCs, internet connection, power and time to keep up targets in the Shetlands so all of use could deal with them (for me it'd be quite impossible really). And since that meets the criteria for that medal, it had been awarded to him.
If you have any other questions or doubts please ask ;) .
Mav
Breakin' the sound barrier everyday!
Peace through superior AIRPOWER
Si vis pacem para bellum

Buzzard Viper Driver - 510th FS, 31st FW (current).
Reaper Eagle Driver - 493d FS, 48th FW (former).
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#12848494 Nov 12, 2016 at 12:30 AM
Captain
240 Posts
I do not mean to contest any decisions. I only intended to inquire regarding the transparency and neutrality of the system and how these are maintained in practice.
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#12849441 Nov 12, 2016 at 02:01 PM
Major General
618 Posts
I've understood that, I just used pinto 'cause I thought I'd have clarified ideas.
Anyway we are not political parties, we're just flight sim military organization ;) .
I try to make my best in order to keep this whole thing fair and equal for all, and I don't mind any suggestions to help me.
Mav
Breakin' the sound barrier everyday!
Peace through superior AIRPOWER
Si vis pacem para bellum

Buzzard Viper Driver - 510th FS, 31st FW (current).
Reaper Eagle Driver - 493d FS, 48th FW (former).
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#12852578 Nov 13, 2016 at 09:40 PM
Captain
240 Posts
#12849441 J Maverick 16 wrote:


Anyway we are not political parties, we're just flight sim military organization ;) .



It is sincerely and deeply hoped that this statement will continue to be representative of this community. As has been expressed before in my original essay outlining my (fortunately so far unfounded) concerns regarding the ranking system, due care should be taken to ensure that the community continues to fulfil its role unencumbered by personal disputes and petty conflict.

As our population continues to gradually grow in the years ahead and as the administrative structure of this community expands to reflect its newfound prominence, it is hoped that the responsible management of the organization will enhance rather than threaten its future stability.
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