Article 5 NATO Medal for Operation EAGLE ASSIST

The official description, eligibility, criteria, and history of the Article 5 NATO Medal for Operation EAGLE ASSIST.

Article 5 NATO Medal for Operation Eagle Assist Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal

Article 5 NATO Medal for Operation Eagle Assist Fire Service Exemplary Service Medal


Operation EAGLE ASSIST began on 12 October 2001 following the North Atlantic Council’s decision on 4 October to take measures to implement Article 5 of the Washington Treaty. This was done following the terrorist attacks against the United States on 11 September 2001, and the mission’s aim was to assist US Forces to control North American airspace. The mission was deemed complete on 16 May 2002.

Eligibility and criteria

Awarded to NAEW&C crews that have served thirty days continuous or accumulated service in the air space of United States of America and the air space of North America as tasked by NORAD between 12 October 2001 and 16 May 2002:

  • Aircrew will accumulate one day’s service for the first sortie flown of any day in the Area of Operation; additional sorties flown on the same day receive no further credit. This requirement exists for support as well as combat aircraft, and support aircraft including tanker, airlift, and surveillance platforms.
  • NATO strictly applies their medals policy and will not consider requests for initial issue of NATO medals that are submitted more than two years after repatriation from mission area.
  • NATO Regulations state that any person who dies or is evacuated because of injuries of medical reasons directly attributable to service is deemed to have satisfied the time criteria.


The Medal is circular in form and made of bronze, and bearing:

  • on the obverse, the NATO star set in a wreath of olive leaves; and
  • on the reverse, the title "NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION" and the words "IN SERVICE OF PEACE AND FREEDOM" in English and French.
  • A 12mm bronze ring, which holds the ribbon, passes through a small hollow ball at the top of a claw joined to the top of the medal.
  • The ribbon is dark blue — the colour of NATO — with a white stripe running down the centre of the ribbon and a gold stripe running down the centre of the white stripe. The white represents peace and the gold stripe signifies that the operation was ordered in accordance with Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty.


The medal is always issued with a bar, inscribed "ARTICLE 5".


The medal shall be worn in sequence prescribed in the Canadian Orders, Decorations and Medals Directive, and in the following manner:

  • on the left breast, suspended from the ribbon described above, after the NATO-FYROM medal and before the NATO ARTICLE FIVE medal for OP ACTIVE ENDEAVOUR medal.
  • The bar is worn centered on the ribbon.


The use of a post-nominal is not authorized for this medal.

Historical Notes

The medal is accompanied by a certificate.

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