"A" Device

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The "A" Device is a miniature bronze ​⁄4 inch letter "A" which comes with and without serifs, that is authorized for wear by the United States Armed Forces as a medal and ribbon device for two military awards. "A" Device_sentence_0

It is added to overseas service ribbons to indicate the theatre of action. "A" Device_sentence_1

The Arctic "A" Device (with serifs), if authorized, may be attached to the center of the Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short Tour, for service beginning February 10, 2002. "A" Device_sentence_2

If an oak leaf cluster is also authorized for wear on the ribbon, the "A" device is worn to the wearer's right of any oak leaf clusters on the ribbon. "A" Device_sentence_3

The Atlantic "A" Device (without serifs), if authorized, may be attached to the center of the suspension and service ribbon of the American Defense Service Medal for service from June 22 to December 7, 1941. "A" Device_sentence_4

The "A" device is worn in lieu of any authorized ​⁄16 inch bronze star that is worn on the medal and service ribbon. "A" Device_sentence_5

History "A" Device_section_0

The "A" Device is only authorized for the currently in use Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short Tour, and the American Defense Service Medal which is no longer in use. "A" Device_sentence_6

The two representations of the "A" device are different. "A" Device_sentence_7

The Arctic Device has serifs while the Atlantic Device ("Axis Device") does not have "feet" (sans-serif). "A" Device_sentence_8

Atlantic Device (World War II) "A" Device_section_1

The American Defense Service Medal was the first military award to use the "A" device which was named the "Atlantic Device" (sometimes was referred to as the "Axis Device"). "A" Device_sentence_9

The "A" device was authorized for wear (in lieu of a ​⁄16 inch bronze star that was worn in lieu of a service clasp on the award) on the medal and service ribbon by any member of the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, or United States Coast Guard who served on certain vessels in the Atlantic Ocean between June 22 and December 7, 1941 which engaged in armed conflict, or potential armed conflict, with Axis forces in the Atlantic (naval forces of Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine). "A" Device_sentence_10

Such personnel were awarded the American Defense Service Medal with the "Atlantic Device" (Atlantic Fleet service), the intent being to recognize those who had participated in the "undeclared war" when the U.S. was assisting Britain with war convoys and German U-boat interdiction. "A" Device_sentence_11

Arctic Device (USAF) "A" Device_section_2

The "A" device became obsolete after the Second World War and did not appear again until the year 2002 (authorized on February 10, 2002). "A" Device_sentence_12

At that time, the United States Air Force declared that the "A" device, now known as the "Arctic Device", would be authorized for wear for those who had received the Air Force Overseas Ribbon - Short Tour, for tours of duty north of the Arctic Circle. "A" Device_sentence_13

As of February 8, 2007, only those airmen (Air Force active, Reserve, or Guard) who were assigned to Thule Air Base (north-east Greenland) qualify for the "A" (Arctic) device. "A" Device_sentence_14

Although portions of Alaska are within the Arctic Circle, there are no American military bases within that region. "A" Device_sentence_15

The "A" is worn on the center of the ribbon except when worn with oak leaf clusters. "A" Device_sentence_16

Whenever oak leaf clusters are authorized for wear on the ribbon, the "A" is placed to the wearer's right of the oak leaf clusters on the ribbon. "A" Device_sentence_17

Only one "A" device may be worn on the ribbon. "A" Device_sentence_18

See also "A" Device_section_3

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