Release
Immediate Release

Recognition for Qualifying Participation in Operation CAPITOL RESPONSE I and II and the Presidential Inauguration

April 14, 2021

The Department of Defense has approved award of the Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) to recognize service members for their qualifying participation in Operation CAPITOL RESPONSE I and II and the Presidential Inauguration.  Both Active and Reserve Component members are eligible for such recognition. The period of award is from January 6, 2021 to future to-be-determined termination date.  The designated ‘area of eligibility’ includes the National Capital Region (District of Columbia, the Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s; the Virginia counties of Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William).

The Secretary of the Military Department concerned determines eligibility for award to service members in his or her respective Military Department based on DOD award criteria.  The Chief of the National Guard Bureau determines eligibility, based on DOD award criteria, for National Guard members who do not fall under the authority of a Secretary of a Military Department. 

The memorandum for the Award of the Armed Forces Service Medal for Operation CAPITOL RESPONSE I and II and the Presidential Inauguration can be found here.