The Secretary of Transportation has approved and authorized the Guardian Medal, Transportation 9-11 Medal, and Transportation 9-11 Ribbon for Active, Reserve, Auxiliary, and Civilian Coast Guard employees who responded to the terrorist attacks, which occurred on September 11th 2001. The following paragraphs outline the individual criteria and period of eligibility set forth by the DOT for all 9-11 Awards. Approval authority for the 9-11 Medal and Ribbon has been delegated to the Area Commanders.
A. Guardian Medal.
1. Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to senior government transportation officials who, through visionary leadership, have re-directed the focus and resources of their organization, or major entities within their organization, and had a profound impact in their field, federal government or on the general public in providing for the protection and security of the United States and its citizens. To justify this decoration, nominations must demonstrate exceptional performance of duty while in a position of great responsibility, clearly above that normally expected, which has contributed materially to the betterment of the United States.
2. Submission Requirements. The Secretary of Transportation presents this award to those persons in national level positions of great responsibility. If consideration is being given for a nomination, contact Ms. Phyllis Dula in G-WPM-1 at (202) 267-2249 to discuss specific requirements.
B. Transportation 9-11 Medal.
1. Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to employees of the Department of Transportation and private citizens for meritorious service resulting from unusual and outstanding achievement in response to the attacks on September 11, 2001. The award may be made posthumously and the decoration, certification and citation presented to the next of kin with appropriate ceremony. Specifically this award is authorized for the following personnel:
a. Employees of the DOT who were on scene at the World Trade Center Complex in New York, the crash site in Pennsylvania, or at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and performed a role in the initial rescue and recovery operations.
b. All personnel directly involved in the evacuation of lower Manhattan to include DOT employees, masters and crews of commercial vessels, and masters and crews of recreational boats that actually transported evacuees during the evacuation on September 11, 2001. The level of effort must clearly set the member above that described in the 9/11 Ribbon.
c. Personnel that demonstrated extraordinary participation or leadership while patrolling harbors, securing critical infrastructure facilities, escorting high interest vessels, and conducting boardings of vessels entering U. S. waters during the period of September 11, 2001 to September 11, 2002. The level of effort must clearly set the member above that described in the 9/11 Ribbon.
d. Employees of the DOT who demonstrated extraordinary dedication or leadership between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002. Participation must have been at an exceptional level to warrant consideration for the awarding of the 9/11 Medal. The level of effort must clearly set the member well above that described in the 9/11 Ribbon.
2. Submission Requirements. Commanding Officers of Coast Guard units shall forward a complete list of names for those individuals eligible, and summary of action for each person (no more than one page), via the chain of command to Area Commanders. In the event that actions of a group of individuals were very similar in nature, and can easily be described in a single page, commands may group these names together and attach them to a single summary of action for submission.
3. The citation for the 9-11 Medal follows:
Secretary of Transportation takes pleasure in presenting the
Transportation 9-11 Medal for services set forth in the following:
"For meritorious service and sacrifice in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. In the hours and days after the attacks, countless humanitarian and heroic acts, as well as extraordinary devotion to duty took place, followed by response, recovery and rebuilding. As a shocked Nation awoke to the new and real threat of terrorism within the borders of the United States, these dedicated professionals rose to the challenge of establishing a dramatically heightened security presence, positively impacting millions of citizens throughout the entire transportation infrastructure. By their sacrifice, professionalism, and esprit de corps, these men and women reflect great credit upon themselves and the United States of America."
NORMAN Y. MINETA
Secretary of Transportation
C. Transportation 9-11 Ribbon (Lapel Pin for Civilians).
1. Eligibility Requirements. Awarded to an individual serving in any capacity within the DOT, Merchant Marines or other civilians, for an act or service that contributed to recovery from the attacks of September 11 2001, force protection following the attacks, or efforts that directly contributed to the increased infrastructure security effort between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002. The award may be made posthumously and the decoration, certification and citation presented to the next of kin with appropriate ceremony. Specifically, it may be awarded to the following authorized personnel:
a. Coast Guard units that shifted Operational Control (OPCON) to Operations Enduring Freedom, Noble Eagle, or Protecting Liberty for any amount of time between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002.
b. All personnel involved in patrolling harbors, critical infrastructure facilities, escorting high interest vessels, and conducting boardings of vessels entering U. S. waters during the period of September 11, 2001 to September 11, 2002. Participation in these operations must be no less than 14 days.
c. All personnel to include active, reserve, auxiliary, and civilian personnel that manned or augmented for no less than 14 days, Coast Guard, DOT, FEMA and DOD command centers (including Operations Centers at Groups and above, COTP ICS, FEMA Regional Operations Centers and VTS) between September 11, 2001 and September 11, 2002.
2. Submission Requirements. Commanding Officers of eligible Coast Guard units shall submit a complete list of all members who have participated in any of the above events with a brief overall description of the unit's involvement, to Area Commanders via the chain of command.
3. The citation for the 9-11 Ribbon follows:
The Secretary of Transportation takes pleasure in presenting the Transportation 9-11 Ribbon for services set forth in the following:
"For extraordinary service to the citizens of the United States in the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. Quickly rising to the challenges posed by both recovery from the attacks and the need for significantly increased security throughout the many modes of the transportation system, these men and women made their mark in history with acts of dedication and professionalism that had a significant impact on millions of citizens through the entire transportation infrastructure. Virtually overnight, Department of Transportation employees and others augmented command centers, vessel traffic service centers and other important command posts around the country. Security forces were rapidly augmented to reduce the vulnerability of America's airports, harbors, borders and transportation systems. In addition, they contributed to the coordinated distribution of critical relief supplies, emergency personnel and equipment, helping speed the recovery efforts in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington D.C. Their dedication, pride and professionalism are in keeping with the highest traditions of patriotism and are appreciated by a grateful Nation."
NORMAN Y. MINETA
Secretary of Transportation
The following precedence should be followed for the Department of Transportation Guardian Medal, Transportation 9-11 Service Medal, and Transportation 9-11 Ribbon:
For uniformed members of the Coast Guard:
The Guardian Medal will be placed in between the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Legion of Merit.
The Transportation 9-11 Medal will be placed in between the Joint Service Achievement Medal and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
The Transportation 9-11 Ribbon will be placed in between the Humanitarian Service Medal and the Special Operations Ribbon.