Gallant Unit Citation

Gallant Unit Citation
Awarded by United States Air Force
Type Ribbon
Eligibility Military Unit
Awarded for Extraordinary heroism while engaged in armed combat with an enemy of the United States
Status Currently awarded
First awarded 2005
Last awarded Ongoing
Next (higher) Joint Meritorious Unit Award[1]
Equivalent Army - Valorous Unit Award
Navy - Navy Unit Commendation
Coast Guard - Coast Guard Unit Commendation
Silver Star
Next (lower) Air Force Meritorious Unit Award[1]

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The Gallant Unit Citation (GUC), a United States Air Force unit award, was approved in March 2004 and is awarded to any Air Force unit which distinguishes itself by extraordinary heroism while engaged in armed combat with an enemy force on or after 11 September 2001.

Award Description

The GUC requires a lesser degree of gallantry, determination and esprit de corps than that required for the Presidential Unit Citation (PUC). The unit must have performed with marked distinction under difficult and hazardous conditions in accomplishing its mission so as to set it apart from and above other units participating in the same conflict. The degree of heroism required is the same as that which would warrant award of the Silver Star to an individual. The GUC will normally be earned by units that have participated in single or successive actions covering relatively brief time spans. Only on rare occasions will a unit larger than a group qualify for the GUC. Extended periods of combat duty or participation in a large number of operational missions, either air or ground, is not sufficient. Additional awards of the Gallant Unit Citation are denoted by oak leaf clusters.

Cited units

The only units to date that have received this award are the 352d Special Operations Group,[2] the 332d Air Expeditionary Group,[3] the 16th Operations Group (redesignated as the 1st Special Operations Group in 2006),[4] and the 720th Special Tactics Group,[5] as well as units subordinate to each during the cited time frame.

Subordinate units to the 16th Operations Group receiving the award


  1. 1 2 "Awards and Decorations". Air Force Personnel Center Library. Air Force Personnel Center. Retrieved 14 January 2013. External link in |work= (help)
  2. AFPC - Air Force Personnel Center
  3. October2006.indd
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  5. McKeen, 1st Lt. Gina Vaccaro. "16 Air Force units win 2008-2009 AF unit awards". Air Force Personnel Center News. Retrieved 29 November 2012. External link in |work= (help)
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