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badbob
07-19-02, 03:36 PM
Combat Action Ribbon http://www.3rdmarines.net/car.gif

The Combat Action Ribbon of the Navy and Marine Corps was instituted in 1969. Awarded for active participation in ground or air combat during specifically listed military operations.
NOTE: this is the only Navy personal decoration that has no associated medal.


Eligibility Requirements
Awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when the Coast Guard or units thereof operate under the control of the Navy) in the grade of captain/colonel and junior thereto, who have actively participated in ground or surface combat. Upon submission of evidence to their commanding officer, personnel who earned the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge while a member of the U.S. Army may be authorized to wear the Combat Action Ribbon.

The principal eligibility criterion is that the individual must have participated in a bona fide ground or surface combat fire fight or action during which he was under enemy fire and his performance while under fire was satisfactory. The following amplifying remarks are furnished as guidance.

Personnel in riverine and coastal operations, assaults, patrols, sweeps, ambushes, convoys, amphibious landings, and similar activities who have participated in fire fights are eligible.
Personnel assigned to areas subjected to sustained mortar, missile, and artillery attacks actively participate in retaliatory or offensive actions are eligible.

Personnel in clandestine or special operations such as reconnaissance and SEAL teams are eligible when the risk of enemy fire was great and was expected to be encountered.
Personnel aboard a ship are eligible when the safety of the ship and the crew were endangered by enemy attack, such as a ship hit by a mine or a ship engaged by shore, surface, air or subsurface elements.

Personnel eligible for the award of the Purple Heart would not necessarily qualify for the Combat Action Ribbon
The Combat Action Ribbon will not be awarded to personnel for aerial combat since the Strike/Flight Air Medal provides recognition for aerial combat exposure; however, a pilot or crewmember forced to escape or evade after being forced down could be eligible for the award.

Operations. An individual, whose eligibility has been established in combat in any of the following listed operations, is authorized the award of the Combat Action Ribbon. Only one award per operation is authorized. Subsequent awards will be indicated by the use of a Gold Star on the ribbon:

Southeast Asia. From 1 March 1961 to 15 August 1973.
Dominican Republic. From 28 April 1965 to 21 September 1966.
(No ships qualified)

USS LIBERTY (AGTR 5). 8 and 9 June 1967.
USS PUEBLO (AGER 2). 23 January 1968.
Operation FREQUENT WIND. (Evacuation operations, Saigon) 29 and 30 April 1975. (No ships qualified)
Operation MAYAGUEZ. 15 May 1975. (No ships qualified)
Grenada. 24 October 1983 - 2 November 1983. (No ships qualified)
Lebanon. 20 August 1982 to I August 1984. (No ships qualified)
Persian Gulf
COMNAVSPECWAR Task Unit Tango - 22 Sep 1987
USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) - 14 Apr 1988
Operation PRAYING MANTIS - 18 Apr 1988
SAG BRAVO
COMDESRON NINE STAFF EMBARKED ON USS MERRILL (DD 976)
USS MERRILL (DD 976)
HSL-35 DET I
USS LYNDE MCCORMICK (DDG 8)
USS TRENTON (LPD 14)
CONTINGENCY MAGTF 2-88
HSL 44, DET 5
SAG CHARLIE
USS WAINWRIGHT (CG 28)
USS BAGLEY (FF 1069)
HSL-35, DET 7
USS SIMPSON (FFG 56)
HSL-42, DET 10
COMMANDER, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE TASK GROUP MIDDLE EAST FORCE
SEAL TEAM TWO, THIRD PLATOON
SAG DELTA
COMDESRON TWENTY-TWO
USS JACK WILLIAMS (FFG 24)
HSL-3 2, DET 2
USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG 16)
USS O'BRIEN (DD 975)
HSL-33, DET 2
CO, SPEC BOAT UNIT TWELVE
SEAL TEAM 5, PLATOON C
USS ELMER MONTGOMERY (FF 1082) AND USS VINCENNES (CG 49) -3 Jul 1988
Operation JUST CAUSE (Panama). 20 December 1989 - 31 January 1990.

Operation DESERT STORM. 17 January 1991 - TBD
Administrative Procedures. SECNAV determines which operations meet the criteria for this award. Requests for determination of eligibility of individuals for operations subsequent to 1975 should be sent to SECNAV via the chain of command, CNO or CMC, as appropriate.


Thought that some of you may like to know

Semper Fi
Bob

mrbsox
07-19-02, 04:28 PM
...info on where to find such criteria. I am trying to find out if I rate any overseas ribbons for Operations or floats I was on.

I have seen some ribbons listed for 'Sea Service' etc... but no one I have spoken with can give me specifics. Found out by accident that I can boast the Navy Mertiorus Unit Citation fro GetMo in '79.

Anything may help, me or others !! :)

Thanks... SF

Terry
mrbsox@aol.com

DevilDog1
07-19-02, 04:45 PM
Great post! thanks for the info. Thats what i like about LeatherNeck.com there are Marines out there w/ very good and accurate info. thanks again........\Semper FI

USMC0311
07-21-02, 11:56 AM
Originally posted by mrbsox
...info on where to find such criteria. I am trying to find out if I rate any overseas ribbons for Operations or floats I was on.

I have seen some ribbons listed for 'Sea Service' etc... but no one I have spoken with can give me specifics. Found out by accident that I can boast the Navy Mertiorus Unit Citation fro GetMo in '79.

Anything may help, me or others !! :)

Thanks... SF

Terry
mrbsox@aol.com

Here Ya Go Bro!!
http://www.navalhelicopterassn.org/medsribs/medals.htm
SF

cowboy_az_us
07-23-02, 05:07 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by badbob
[B]Combat Action Ribbon http://www.3rdmarines.net/car.gif

The Combat Action Ribbon of the Navy and Marine Corps was instituted in 1969. Awarded for active participation in ground or air combat during specifically listed military operations.
NOTE: this is the only Navy personal decoration that has no associated medal.


Eligibility Requirements ....etc, etc....

That gives me three full rows....Whoopeeeeee....those ribbons & a buck fifty will get me a cup of coffee.

badbob
07-25-02, 11:26 AM
As you know, this award was authorized in 1969 and issued retroactive to Nam Vets who served in combat prior to 1969.

Basically, if you were shot at or returned fire in combat and the ” after-action” report indicates that you and or your unit were actually under fire and returned fire, you qualify.

Simple hit & run sniper incidents usually do not qualify. Only recorded firefights and designated combat operations qualify.

Many of us participated in several combat firefights and or Combat Operations and qualify for multiple awards.

To update your DD-214 and validate your Combat Action Ribbon awards contact:

Marine Corps veterans:
HQMC Manpower & Reserve Affairs
Code MMMA
3280 Russell Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5103

To ensure a timely response the following information should be provided:

Standard Form 180 or cover letter with the following information: full name, service number, specific TO/FROM dates associated with ship/combat assignments, unit assignment at the time, and current mailing address. Copy of Naval Personnel Form 553 or Defense Department (DD) Form 214; DD-215 (if applicable).

Additional substantiating documentation: copies of combat awards; copies of evaluations; muster sheet or orders showing assignment to the unit for the period requested. All documents should be legible. Request should be only based on ground or surface combat. Air combat does not qualify for the CAR. A complete legible return address should be on your correspondence, not just on the envelope.

The envelope for your request should be marked "CAR."

Form 180 is the best way to go because you will also get updates to your DD-214 with any other awards that you may be entitled to.

I have a Form 180 on my web site, that you can fill in online, then print and mail. http://www.3rdmarines.net/ go to the War Stories section

To use the online Form 180, you must have Acrobat Reader installed on your pc. If you do not have Acrobat Reader installed, there is a free install button at the bottom of the War Stories Page, just click and follow the simple directions.

Semper Fi
Bob

missashley
11-06-08, 04:17 PM
My father was a corpsman assigned to the 1st MAR in Iwakuni, Japan during the Vietnam War. He flew to southeast asia: Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand on board a USMC C-130 which were piloted by enlisted USMC pilots. Does this make him elgible for this ribbon decoration? Is there any way to confirm that he flew with Southern Air?

bertha57
11-01-10, 10:20 AM
If you're awarded a CAR retroactively for service in Vietnam, can you find out how they determined you were eligible for the award? This is very important. Thanks

advanced
11-02-10, 08:32 AM
Wow - I get another ribbon - Makes my Day.

Sgt Leprechaun
11-04-10, 01:03 AM
Bertha, why? Generally speaking to get that you'd need personal statements, OR records showing you were basically shot at, then returned fire. Most Infantry Marines got the CAR for Vietnam.

This is an OOOOLLLDD posting. Didn't realize that until I looked at it LOL

bertha57
11-04-10, 08:18 PM
I'm helping a friend who has a PTSD disability claim pending. He received a CAR in Vietnam but doesn't remember what he got it for. I've been told that the CAR is very important in determining a disability claim and I want to include it in his statement of stressful incidents. Is there any listing that explains when and why CARs were awarded? Thank you!

Sgt Leprechaun
11-04-10, 08:22 PM
Just google "Combat Action Ribbon". There are no specific unit listings, it's a "personal" award. The CAR is considered 'de-facto' evidence for his claim, however. You shouldn't need much more than that. As long as it's on his DD-214 he should be good.

VEWenneker
11-04-10, 09:07 PM
The Combat Action Ribbon is now authorized for eligible combat service dating back to December 7th, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day).

Pass the word to your fathers, grandfather's, uncles and friends of the family.

Semper Fi to all.:usmc:

FormerMSG
11-14-10, 07:49 PM
Hey Marines,

I am looking for some examples of write-ups for a CAR.

For who you say?-Me and other Marines of American Embassy Brazzaville.

We were under fire for 2 weeks (Arty, small arms, RPG's) and we employed tear gas to keep the bad guys away.

We did not get put in for a CAR because, well, it was a different time in 1997-a different Corps.

Rules: SECNAV 1650.1H (August 22nd 2006)

(2) The principal eligibility criterion is,
regardless of military occupational specialty or rating, the
individual must have rendered satisfactory performance under
enemy fire while actively participating in a ground or surface
engagement.

We were in a ground engagement for 2 weeks, keeping them out, keeping watch over our positions.

The Marine Corps does not deny I was under fire. My NAM from the action has an opening line of:

"While under small arms fire".

I have gathered the logbook entries detailing the action and have uncovered some Special Operations periodicals that detail the actions from the point of view of joint Special Forces Team that assisted us.

This CAR would have to go to under Secretary of the Navyfor approval so the bar is extremely high.

I have to write it up, but I am looking for some help-not to inflate the action, but to get a start. I have to write up a narrative, but do not know how to open.

This is will not be some cheesy CAR submission.

Like I said, the bar of approval is high.

I just want the Marine Corps to tell me "NOPE", not an internet forum of Marines.

Thanks for all of your help.

Sgt Leprechaun
11-14-10, 07:54 PM
Hmmmm.....I'd say, then, to look for 'historical' writeups from THAT time period, since you are working from a different criteria than today. Not a lot of CAR's awarded in the late 90's, but you might try the 26th MEU, Kosovo, May of 99. Bunch of Marines got one for that.

First place I'd start searching would be awards branch at HQMC, see if they have anything 'on file' that you can get to over the 'net. Remember also this is an individual award....so while you are looking for a 'format/template', it'll have to be for each Marine and adaptable to that.

Not spitballing, I wish you good luck, likely you rate it...but you just never know how it's going to look. Your citation is a good start though.

FormerMSG
11-14-10, 08:07 PM
yeah, I just want the Marine Corps to tell me yes or no.

Thanks again.

I understand this award is coveted after receipt, but never wanted up front.

I am treading lightly.

Sgt Leprechaun
11-14-10, 08:18 PM
And I fully understand, on both counts. If I could help I would but I confess, I've never seen a writeup for a CAR.

egbutler1
11-15-10, 12:27 PM
Hey Marines,

I am looking for some examples of write-ups for a CAR.

For who you say?-Me and other Marines of American Embassy Brazzaville.

We were under fire for 2 weeks (Arty, small arms, RPG's) and we employed tear gas to keep the bad guys away.

We did not get put in for a CAR because, well, it was a different time in 1997-a different Corps.

Rules: SECNAV 1650.1H (August 22nd 2006)

(2) The principal eligibility criterion is,
regardless of military occupational specialty or rating, the
individual must have rendered satisfactory performance under
enemy fire while actively participating in a ground or surface
engagement.

We were in a ground engagement for 2 weeks, keeping them out, keeping watch over our positions.

The Marine Corps does not deny I was under fire. My NAM from the action has an opening line of:

"While under small arms fire".

I have gathered the logbook entries detailing the action and have uncovered some Special Operations periodicals that detail the actions from the point of view of joint Special Forces Team that assisted us.

This CAR would have to go to under Secretary of the Navyfor approval so the bar is extremely high.

I have to write it up, but I am looking for some help-not to inflate the action, but to get a start. I have to write up a narrative, but do not know how to open.

This is will not be some cheesy CAR submission.

Like I said, the bar of approval is high.

I just want the Marine Corps to tell me "NOPE", not an internet forum of Marines.

Thanks for all of your help.

Did you return fire? I shouldn't see it being a problem getting one but from my understanding from Iraq as my Co Cmdr said we had to receive fire and return it accurately.

egbutler1
11-15-10, 12:46 PM
For: Superior performance of duty while serving as squad leader and vehicle commander, first section, combined anti-armor team on, anti0terrorism battalion, 2d Marine Div, II Marine expeditionary force from aug 2005 - may 2006. While serving as a squad leader in CAAT I, Corporal Butler was responsible for the training and welfare of two four-man vehicle crews, the maintenance and tactical employment of two m114 up-armored HMMWV'S, and the maintenance and accountability of the squads weapons and equipment. On 3 Dec 2005 Corporal butler skillfully employed his squad in a ambush against anti-iraqi forces in the town of udhaim. With the constant danger of loss of life or personal injury Corporal Butler employed his squad against the enemy. Moving his squad out of danger and redirecting them to the flanks reengaging and destroying the anti-iraqi forces. Though this was his first combat action, he remind calm during the ambush directed at his himself and his Marines, setting a positive example for the Marines in his squad. His tactical proficiency, effectiveness under stress, and strict discipline were instrumental in the successful repulse of the anti-iraqi forces and the safe return of his squad. Corporal Butlers professionalism and dedication to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval services.


This was my cercom for an ambush, its not a write up for a car, but it is what it should be like. But more detailing the combat itself. If you got anything that says you were under fire, and returned it that should be acceptable. I know there is some sh!t to do with the campaign you were involved in that also is criteria for a CAR too. Not sure, but this was the first of many firefights over there but this is what got me mine. GL buddy!

FormerMSG
11-15-10, 09:28 PM
Thanks Marine...it is a start. Thanks for your service.

I am going to use the following basic template for submission:

http://www.marines.mil/news/messages/Pages/2000/Messages00all570.aspx

POC/MRS. MCKINNON/GS08/CMC MMMA/DSN 278-9340/TEL: (703) 784-9340/
RMKS/1. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MARADMIN IS TO DISSEMINATE INSTRUCTIONS
FOR COMMANDERS AND ADMINISTRATORS TO PROVIDE MARINES WHO FEEL
THEY MAY BE ENTITLED TO THE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON (CAR) BASED ON THE
NEW STANDARDS. REF A ANNOUNCED AN ADDITIONAL SET OF STANDARDS FOR
THE CAR.

2. THE STEPS THAT MARINES OR FORMER MARINES NEED TO FOLLOW IN ORDER
TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE CAR ENTITLEMENT ARE OUTLINED BELOW. FAILURE
TO FOLLOW THESE STEPS WILL RESULT IN THE REQUEST BEING RETURNED TO
THE PETITIONER WITHOUT ACTION.

A. MARINES WHO FEEL THEY MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CAR UNDER THE
CRITERIA OUTLINED IN REF A MUST SUMMARIZE THEIR ACTIONS IN A
BRIEF SYNOPSIS. THIS SYNOPSIS MUST INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
(1) OUTLINE THE OPERATION THEY WERE PARTICIPATING IN AND THE
LOCATION OF SAID OPERATION.
(2) DESCRIBE THE EVENT WHERE THEY WERE FIRED AT WITH DIRECT FIRE
WEAPONS (PISTOL, RIFLES, MACHINE GUNS).
(3) DESCRIBE HOW THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA OUTLINED IN REF A WERE MET.
(4) ALL PETITIONS MUST INCLUDE A RETURN MAILING ADDRESS.

B. REQUESTS MUST BE SUBMITTED VIA THE COMMANDING OFFICER UNDER
WHOSE COMMAND THEY SERVED DURING THE OPERATION (COMPANY LEVEL COMMAND
OR ABOVE) FOR CERTIFICATION THAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES DESCRIBED BY THE
PETITIONER ARE A TRUE AND ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENTS THAT
TRANSPIRED. THE OFFICER ENDORSING THE REQUEST WILL THEN FORWARD
THE REQUEST WITH HIS ENDORSEMENT TO:
HEADQUARTERS, U.S. MARINE CORPS
3280 RUSSELL ROAD (ATTN: MMMA)
QUANTICO, VA 22134-5103

Mine wasn't peacekeeping but this format should fit the bill.

egbutler1
11-16-10, 12:03 AM
good to go brother, sounds like a plan. Good Luck!

rufus1
01-17-11, 01:53 AM
Where can I find logs from 1972 for the Danang Vietnam area during the Easter Offensive?

Sgt Leprechaun
01-17-11, 06:40 PM
"Logs"? You'll have to be more specific.

There is one pay site that has pretty much ALL the USMC records from Vietnam but it's not cheap by any means, and I don't know how searchable it is.

What, exactly are you looking for?

IGNACIO CASTIL
01-21-11, 05:47 PM
Well,Mr MSG it looks like this template only applies to the newer marines,not the old salt's like me that were in nam in 66-67.My commanding officer from that time is probably 6 ft. under by now.I have marines at my post now that were not 0311,but were in combat support units dodgeing bullets like you guy's.No CAR for them.You young marine's be sure to keep track of all your awards,medal,and ribbons.Make sure that every thing is documented in your 214.

Ignacio Castilleja
Vietnam 66-67
Semper Fi

Rawmrn4
01-26-11, 07:00 PM
So being that was with 2LAAM BN when I was deployed to desert storm/shield from August 90 to February 91 do I rate the CAR? National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon(W/1*), Southwest Asia Service Medal(W/2*), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation are the ones that I received from after desert storm/shield.

Sgt Leprechaun
01-26-11, 07:07 PM
CAR is an individual award, not a unit award. If you took, and returned, "fire", then you would rate it.

If you were in a year or so after your deployment, and didn't get it then, unlikely you would rate it now. If you got out as soon as you got home, then it's possible you were rec'd but didn't receive it.

Rawmrn4
01-26-11, 07:09 PM
So being that was with 2LAAM BN when I was deployed to desert storm/shield from August 90 to February 91 do I rate the CAR? National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon(W/1*), Southwest Asia Service Medal(W/2*), Kuwait Liberation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation are the ones that I received from after desert storm/shield.

0351 Corporal
01-26-11, 07:22 PM
If you're looking for weather or not you rate a C.A.R. try checking out the MarAdmins at www.usmc.mil (http://www.usmc.mil)

They are a great source for determining what you rate. Or you can try logging in to Marine Online at mol.usmc.mil. You can view your awards from your Basic Individual Record.

Rawmrn4
01-26-11, 09:09 PM
0351 thank you brother for the info...

0351 Corporal
01-26-11, 11:13 PM
Anytime. Semper Fi!

jrod02
02-01-11, 03:25 AM
Okay here's a question that might help a few other Marines. While I was in Fallujah April-Oct. 2004, we took hell from Iraqi's hitting Camp Fallujah with mortar rounds, plenty of IED's thru the Sunni Triangle & Clover Leaf, etc. Even if a said Marine didn't fire back, doesn't he still rate a C.A.R.??

Trev Kuch
02-01-11, 07:34 AM
Thanks i enjoyed reading this useful information

stretchusa
02-01-11, 07:55 AM
Okay here's a question that might help a few other Marines. While I was in Fallujah April-Oct. 2004, we took hell from Iraqi's hitting Camp Fallujah with mortar rounds, plenty of IED's thru the Sunni Triangle & Clover Leaf, etc. Even if a said Marine didn't fire back, doesn't he still rate a C.A.R.??
You will rate it if your vehicle got hit, it has to be the one you were in not any vehicle in the convoy.

Sgt Leprechaun
02-01-11, 09:12 PM
Totally depends on your command. I realize that's sort of a cop out but the rules nowadays....it does leave it up to them.

jimpac
02-01-11, 09:20 PM
Combat Action Ribbon http://www.3rdmarines.net/car.gif

The Combat Action Ribbon of the Navy and Marine Corps was instituted in 1969. Awarded for active participation in ground or air combat during specifically listed military operations.
NOTE: this is the only Navy personal decoration that has no associated medal.


Eligibility Requirements
Awarded to members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard (when the Coast Guard or units thereof operate under the control of the Navy) in the grade of captain/colonel and junior thereto, who have actively participated in ground or surface combat. Upon submission of evidence to their commanding officer, personnel who earned the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge while a member of the U.S. Army may be authorized to wear the Combat Action Ribbon.

The principal eligibility criterion is that the individual must have participated in a bona fide ground or surface combat fire fight or action during which he was under enemy fire and his performance while under fire was satisfactory. The following amplifying remarks are furnished as guidance.

Personnel in riverine and coastal operations, assaults, patrols, sweeps, ambushes, convoys, amphibious landings, and similar activities who have participated in fire fights are eligible.
Personnel assigned to areas subjected to sustained mortar, missile, and artillery attacks actively participate in retaliatory or offensive actions are eligible.

Personnel in clandestine or special operations such as reconnaissance and SEAL teams are eligible when the risk of enemy fire was great and was expected to be encountered.
Personnel aboard a ship are eligible when the safety of the ship and the crew were endangered by enemy attack, such as a ship hit by a mine or a ship engaged by shore, surface, air or subsurface elements.

Personnel eligible for the award of the Purple Heart would not necessarily qualify for the Combat Action Ribbon
The Combat Action Ribbon will not be awarded to personnel for aerial combat since the Strike/Flight Air Medal provides recognition for aerial combat exposure; however, a pilot or crewmember forced to escape or evade after being forced down could be eligible for the award.

Operations. An individual, whose eligibility has been established in combat in any of the following listed operations, is authorized the award of the Combat Action Ribbon. Only one award per operation is authorized. Subsequent awards will be indicated by the use of a Gold Star on the ribbon:

Southeast Asia. From 1 March 1961 to 15 August 1973.
Dominican Republic. From 28 April 1965 to 21 September 1966.
(No ships qualified)

USS LIBERTY (AGTR 5). 8 and 9 June 1967.
USS PUEBLO (AGER 2). 23 January 1968.
Operation FREQUENT WIND. (Evacuation operations, Saigon) 29 and 30 April 1975. (No ships qualified)
Operation MAYAGUEZ. 15 May 1975. (No ships qualified)
Grenada. 24 October 1983 - 2 November 1983. (No ships qualified)
Lebanon. 20 August 1982 to I August 1984. (No ships qualified)
Persian Gulf
COMNAVSPECWAR Task Unit Tango - 22 Sep 1987
USS SAMUEL B. ROBERTS (FFG 58) - 14 Apr 1988
Operation PRAYING MANTIS - 18 Apr 1988
SAG BRAVO
COMDESRON NINE STAFF EMBARKED ON USS MERRILL (DD 976)
USS MERRILL (DD 976)
HSL-35 DET I
USS LYNDE MCCORMICK (DDG 8)
USS TRENTON (LPD 14)
CONTINGENCY MAGTF 2-88
HSL 44, DET 5
SAG CHARLIE
USS WAINWRIGHT (CG 28)
USS BAGLEY (FF 1069)
HSL-35, DET 7
USS SIMPSON (FFG 56)
HSL-42, DET 10
COMMANDER, NAVAL SPECIAL WARFARE TASK GROUP MIDDLE EAST FORCE
SEAL TEAM TWO, THIRD PLATOON
SAG DELTA
COMDESRON TWENTY-TWO
USS JACK WILLIAMS (FFG 24)
HSL-3 2, DET 2
USS JOSEPH STRAUSS (DDG 16)
USS O'BRIEN (DD 975)
HSL-33, DET 2
CO, SPEC BOAT UNIT TWELVE
SEAL TEAM 5, PLATOON C
USS ELMER MONTGOMERY (FF 1082) AND USS VINCENNES (CG 49) -3 Jul 1988
Operation JUST CAUSE (Panama). 20 December 1989 - 31 January 1990.

Operation DESERT STORM. 17 January 1991 - TBD
Administrative Procedures. SECNAV determines which operations meet the criteria for this award. Requests for determination of eligibility of individuals for operations subsequent to 1975 should be sent to SECNAV via the chain of command, CNO or CMC, as appropriate.


Thought that some of you may like to know

Semper Fi
Bob

LESS WE FORGET

bigjstang
08-09-12, 02:34 PM
ok guys ive been looking for the most up todate maradmin for what rate a car with no luck. im a 0341 so some people say sence i never took indirect fire and returned with accureate indirect fire i dont. but i shot plenty of mortar missions in direct support of the 11's

josephd
08-09-12, 03:12 PM
ok guys ive been looking for the most up todate maradmin for what rate a car with no luck. im a 0341 so some people say sence i never took indirect fire and returned with accureate indirect fire i dont. but i shot plenty of mortar missions in direct support of the 11's

did you take any contact(direct or indirect)?....not trying to be disrespectful at all but by your logic arty guys should get CAR's for fire support missions. Myself and a few others have a dilemma about the award we are supposed to rate also(mine roller hit by command IED, not actual truck) so I understand being frustrated about it

overlyjm
01-30-13, 05:20 AM
Hello to all. I have a question about getting a CAR approved that i earned back in 2006-2007 during my deployment to Iraq. I am a Navy Corpsman on active duty. I was deployed/IA with Weps CO., 1st bn / 24th Marines (a reserve unit from Mich/Ohio), I was sent to them from Great Lakes Naval Hospital becuase they didnt have enough Corpsman to make the deployment. I have copies of the commands CAR write ups with my name in them but i dont know where to go to get it approved and placed in the Marine Corps CAR data base for final approval and so I may where it. Please assist.


v/r
HM1(FMF/SW) Jason Overly
Independent Duty Corpsman

cAs
03-15-13, 10:18 PM
Just to let everyone know, HQMC has revised the CAR criteria to include personnel who have directly disabled IEDs for Operations OIF/OEF. http://www.marines.mil/News/Messages/MessagesDisplay/tabid/13286/Article/136848/revised-eligibility-criteria-for-award-of-the-combat-action-ribbon-car-and-upda.aspx

cAs
03-15-13, 10:19 PM
REVISED ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR AWARD OF THE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON (CAR) AND UPDATED COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONSDate Signed: 1/17/2013
MARADMINS Active Number: 038/13
R 171515Z JAN 13
UNCLASSIFIED/
MARADMIN 038/13
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC MRA MM//
SUBJ/REVISED ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR AWARD OF THE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON (CAR) AND UPDATED COORDINATING INSTRUCTIONS//
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REF/B/MSGID:DOC/SECNAV/22AUG2006//
REF/C/MSGID:MSG/SECNAV/051544ZMAY08//
NARR/REF A IS ALNAV 068/12, CHANGES TO COMBAT ACTION RIBBON (CAR) ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. REF B IS SECNAVINST 1650.1H, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS AWARDS MANUAL. REF C IS ALNAV 036-08 DON POLICY ON CONVERSION OF THE COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE AND COMBAT MEDICAL BADGE TO THE CAR.//
POC/M. NEWMAN/CMC MMMA-3/-/TEL:703-784-9340/ EMAIL:MARK.T.NEWMAN(at)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/ 1. THE PURPOSE OF THIS MARADMIN IS TO INFORM COMMANDERS OF THE MOST RECENT CHANGE TO THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON (CAR) APPROVED BY SECNAV AND ANNOUNCED IN REF A. THIS CHANGE ALLOWS AWARD OF THE CAR TO MARINES AND SAILORS WHO TAKE DIRECT ACTION TO DISABLE, RENDER SAFE, OR DESTROY AN ACTIVE ENEMY EMPLACED IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE (IED), MINE, OR SCATTERABLE MUNITION. ELIGIBILITY FOR THIS REVISED CRITERIA WAS EFFECTIVE ON 15 NOVEMBER 2012 AND IS RETROACTIVE TO 7 OCTOBER 2001. THE PROCESS FOR SUBMISSION AND REVIEW OF RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RETROACTIVE AWARDS OF THE CAR UNDER THIS REVISED CRITERIA IS OUTLINED IN PARA 5 OF THIS MARADMIN. IN ADDITION, THIS MARADMIN PROVIDES THE FULL REVISED CONTENT OF THE CAR CRITERIA CONTAINED IN ARTICLE 230.14, CHAPTER 2 OF REF B, TO INCLUDE CHANGES PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN REF C.
2. THE REVISED ARTICLE 230.14 OF REF B WILL NOW READ AS FOLLOWS: COMBAT ACTION RIBBON
A. AUTHORIZATION: SECNAVNOTE 1650 OF 17 FEBRUARY 1969.
B. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:
(1) AWARDED TO MEMBERS OF THE NAVY, MARINE CORPS, AND COAST GUARD (WHEN THE COAST GUARD, OR UNITS THEREOF, OPERATE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE NAVY) IN THE GRADE OF CAPTAIN/COLONEL (O-6) AND BELOW, WHO HAVE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED IN GROUND OR SURFACE COMBAT.
(2) THE PRINCIPAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERION IS THAT ON THE DATE/S OF ACTION THE INDIVIDUAL MUST HAVE RENDERED SATISFACTORY PERFORMANCE UNDER ENEMY FIRE WHILE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN A GROUND OR SURFACE ENGAGEMENT. THE FOLLOWING AMPLIFYING GUIDANCE IS PROVIDED:
(A) AS APPLIED TO IEDS, MINES, AND SCATTERABLE MUNITION, WITH OR WITHOUT THE IMMEDIATE PRESENCE OF ENEMY FORCES, THE FOLLOWING CONSTITUTE ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN A GROUND OR SURFACE ENGAGEMENT:
(I) DIRECT EXPOSURE TO THE DETONATION OF AN IED, MINE, OR SCATTERABLE MUNITION USED BY AN ENEMY.
(II) DIRECT ACTION TAKEN TO DISABLE, RENDER SAFE, OR DESTROY AN ACTIVE ENEMY-EMPLACED IED, MINE, OR SCATTERABLE MUNITION WHILE IN THE IMMEDIATE PROXIMITY OF THE WEAPON SUCH THAT THE INDIVIDUAL IS AT INCREASED RISK FROM THE ANTICIPATED EFFECTS OF THE WEAPON IF DETONATED. AN ACTIVE IED, MINE, OR SCATTERABLE MUNITION IS DEFINED AS ONE HAVING BOTH A MAIN EXPLOSIVE CHARGE AND A FUNCTIONAL FUSING/TRIGGERING MECHANISM. CACHES OF ENEMY IEDS, MINES, OR SCATTERABLE MUNITION THAT HAVE NOT BEEN EMPLACED BY THE ENEMY FOR DETONATION DO NOT SATISFY THIS CRITERION. ACTIONS TAKEN SOLELY TO MARK A SUSPECTED MINE OR IED DO NOT SATISFY THIS CRITERION, NOR DOES EMPLOYING REMOTE MINE CLEARING SYSTEMS OR DIRECT FIRE WEAPONS TO NEUTRALIZE OR DESTROY THE MINE OR IED FROM OUTSIDE THE ANTICIPATED BLAST AREA OF THE WEAPON.
(B) ELIGIBILITY UNDER SUBPARA (A) ABOVE IS RETROACTIVE TO 7 OCTOBER 2001.
(C) BEING AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MAKE A SERVICE MEMBER ELIGIBLE FOR THE CAR, NOR DOES MERELY SERVING IN A COMBAT AREA OR BEING EXPOSED TO ENEMY FIRE OR THREAT OF ENEMY FIRE.
(D) PERSONNEL PARTICIPATING IN CLANDESTINE OR SPECIAL OPERATIONS, WHO BY THE NATURE OF THEIR MISSION ARE RESTRICTED IN THEIR ABILITY TO RETURN FIRE, AND WHO ARE OPERATING IN CONDITIONS IN WHICH THE RISK OF ENCOUNTERING ENEMY FIRE WAS GREAT, MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CAR.
(E) PERSONNEL WHO ARE EXPOSED TO INDIRECT FIRE ARE NOT NORMALLY ELIGIBLE FOR THE CAR UNLESS THEY ACTIVELY ENGAGE THE ENEMY IN OFFENSIVE COUNTER-FIRE ACTIONS.
(F) THE CAR WILL NOT BE AWARDED IN CONNECTION WITH AERIAL FLIGHT. THE STRIKE/FLIGHT AIR MEDAL PROVIDES RECOGNITION FOR AERIAL COMBAT EXPOSURE. HOWEVER, A PILOT OR CREWMEMBER FORCED TO ESCAPE OR EVADE, AFTER BEING FORCED DOWN, MAY BE ELIGIBLE IF THE CAR ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA ARE OTHERWISE MET.
C. ELIGIBLE OPERATIONS. SECNAV DESIGNATES THE OPERATIONS AND AREAS FOR WHICH AWARD OF THE CAR IS AUTHORIZED. COMMANDERS WITH DELEGATED CAR AWARDING AUTHORITY MAY ONLY AWARD THE CAR FOR ACTIONS OCCURRING IN THESE SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED OPERATIONS AND AREAS. APPENDIX E TO THIS CHAPTER LISTS THE OPERATIONS FOR WHICH THE CAR HAS BEEN AUTHORIZED. THE LIST IS NOT EXHAUSTIVE, AS THE CAR HAS BEEN AWARDED IN MINOR OPERATIONS, AS WELL AS FOR SPECIFIC ACTIONS NOT WITHIN A NAMED OPERATION. AUTHORITY TO AWARD THE CAR OUTSIDE THE LISTED OPERATIONS, AREAS, AND TIME PERIODS IS RETAINED BY SECNAV.
D. ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURES.
(1) AN INDIVIDUAL MAY ONLY RECEIVE ONE AWARD OF THE CAR PER OPERATION. FOR EXAMPLE, ONLY ONE CAR MAY BE RECEIVED FOR OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, EVEN IF THE INDIVIDUAL PARTICIPATED IN MULTIPLE COMBAT ENGAGEMENTS DURING MULTIPLE DEPLOYMENTS.
(2) THE CAR IS TREATED AS A PERSONAL AWARD, VICE A UNIT, SERVICE, OR CAMPAIGN AWARD. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR THE CAR WILL BE INITIATED AND PROCESSED PER ARTICLE 220 OF THIS INSTRUCTION.
(3) AUTHORITY TO APPROVE THE CAR IS SPECIFICALLY DELEGATED IN WRITING, AND IS NOT INHERENT IN DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY TO AWARD OTHER HIGHER PRECEDENCE DECORATIONS.
(4) ONLY THE CAR RIBBON IS ISSUED UPON APPROVAL OF THIS AWARD. NO CORRESPONDING MEDAL, CITATION, OR CERTIFICATE IS AUTHORIZED. SUBSEQUENT AWARDS OF THE CAR ARE DENOTED BY 5/16 INCH GOLD/SILVER STARS ON THE RIBBON.
(5) THE CAR MAY BE AWARDED RETROACTIVELY FOR ACTIONS ON OR AFTER 7 DECEMBER 1941. THE CAR CRITERIA IN EFFECT DURING THE TIMEFRAME IN WHICH THE ACTION OCCURRED WILL BE USED TO DETERMINE ELIGIBILITY. SEE CHAPTER 8 OF THIS INSTRUCTION FOR FURTHER INFORMATION REGARDING RETROACTIVE ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATIONS.
(6) THE CAR IS NOT AUTHORIZED TO BE AWARDED TO CIVILIANS OR TO U.S. ARMY, U.S. AIR FORCE, OR FOREIGN PERSONNEL.
E. CONVERSION OF AIR FORCE AND ARMY COMBAT BADGES AND MEDALS TO THE CAR.
(1) NAVY AND MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE U.S. AIR FORCE COMBAT ACTION MEDAL (CAM) OR THE U.S. ARMY COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE (CIB), COMBAT MEDICAL BADGE (CMB), OR COMBAT ACTION BADGE (CAB), UPON THE NAVY OR MARINE CORPS UNIFORM. HOWEVER, THERE ARE SOME CIRCUMSTANCES IN WHICH THE CAR MAY BE AUTHORIZED TO BE WORN IN PLACE OF THESE OTHER SERVICE COMBAT AWARDS.
(2) U.S. MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL PERMANENTLY OR TEMPORARILY ASSIGNED TO U.S. ARMY OR U.S. AIR FORCE COMMANDS ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO ACCEPT, WEAR OR RETAIN THE CIB, THE CAB, OR THE CAM. IN CASES WHERE A MARINE'S ACTIONS IN COMBAT MEET THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR THE CIB, CAB, OR CAM, THE U.S. ARMY OR U.S. AIR FORCE COMMANDER MAY SUBMIT A PERSONAL AWARD RECOMMENDATION FOR THE CAR TO CMC (MMMA) FOR CONSIDERATION.
(3) U.S. NAVY PERSONNEL PERMANENTLY OR TEMPORARILY ASSIGNED TO U.S. ARMY COMMANDS IN COMBAT, WHO, WITH THE OFFICIAL CONCURRENCE OF CNO (OR HIS DESIGNEE), ARE AWARDED THE CIB/CMB BY THE ARMY, ARE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE CAR UPON COMPLETION OF THEIR ASSIGNMENT WITH THE ARMY. THE NAVY DEPARTMENT AWARDS WEB SERVICE (NDAWS) WILL BE UPDATED TO REFLECT CONVERSION OF THE CIB/CMB TO THE CAR AT THE TIME CNO CONCURRENCE IS GRANTED.
(4) U.S. NAVY PERSONNEL PERMANENTLY OR TEMPORARILY ASSIGNED TO U.S. ARMY OR U.S. AIR FORCE COMMANDS IN COMBAT, WHO QUALIFY FOR THE COMBAT ACTION BADGE (CAB) OR THE COMBAT ACTION MEDAL (CAM), ARE NOT AUTOMATICALLY ELIGIBLE FOR THE CAR. IF NAVY CONCURRENCE IS APPROVED FOR THE CAB OR CAM, CNO WILL DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT CAR CRITERIA HAVE BEEN MET, AND NDAWS WILL BE UPDATED TO SPECIFICALLY REFLECT APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF CAR CONVERSION.
(5) NAVY AND MARINE CORPS PERSONNEL WHO, WHILE FORMERLY MEMBERS OF THE U.S. ARMY OR U.S. AIR FORCE, WERE AWARDED THE CIB OR CMB, MAY UPON SUBMISSION OF OFFICIAL MILITARY DOCUMENTATION TO THEIR COMMANDING OFFICER, BE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE CAR ON THEIR NAVY/MARINE CORPS UNIFORM IN PLACE OF THE CIB/CMB.
(6) FOR PERSONNEL WHO PREVIOUSLY EARNED THE CAB OR CAM AS MEMBERS OF THE U.S. ARMY OR U.S. AIR FORCE:
(A) MARINES ARE NOT AUTHORIZED TO WEAR THE CAR IN PLACE OF THE CAB OR CAM UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.
(B) COMMANDING OFFICERS OF U.S. NAVY PERSONNEL MAY SUBMIT A PERSONAL AWARD RECOMMENDATION (OPNAV FORM 1650/3) TO CNO FOR CONSIDERATION OF AUTHORIZATION TO WEAR THE CAR IN PLACE OF THE PREVIOUSLY AWARDED CAB OR CAM. A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENTS THAT LED TO THE AWARD OF THE CAB OR CAM MUST BE INCLUDED IN THE SUMMARY OF ACTION, AND OFFICIAL MILITARY DOCUMENTATION OF THE ORIGINAL CAB OR CAM APPROVAL MUST BE INCLUDED.
3. THE ONLY CURRENTLY AUTHORIZED ONGOING OPERATION FOR WHICH THE CAR MAY BE AWARDED BY DELEGATED AUTHORITY IS OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, FROM 7 OCTOBER 2001 TO A DATE TBD. ELIGIBILITY DATES FOR RECENTLY CONCLUDED OPERATIONS ARE: OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM 19 MAR 2003 TO 31 AUG 2010 OPERATION NEW DAWN 01 SEP 2010 TO 31 DEC 2011 REFER ALL OTHER CAR RECOMMENDATIONS TO SECNAV VIA CNO OR CMC AS APPROPRIATE. NOTE: BECAUSE OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM AND OPERATION NEW DAWN WERE BOTH CONDUCTED IN THE AREA OF ELIGIBILITY (AOE) FOR THE IRAQ CAMPAIGN MEDAL, ONLY ONE AWARD OF THE CAR IS AUTHORIZED FOR ACTIONS IN THAT AOE.
4. CAR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MARINES WHO ARE CURRENTLY DEPLOYED WHOSE ACTIONS, EITHER PRIOR TO OR AFTER 15 NOVEMBER 2012, MEET THE REVISED CRITERIA ANNOUNCED IN REF A CAN BE RECOMMENDED FOR THE CAR BY AN OFFICER IN THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND USING THE EXISTING PROCESS FOR SUBMISSION OF RECOMMENDATIONS IN IAPS VIA THE CHAIN OF COMMAND TO THE DELEGATED APPROVAL AUTHORITY.
5. IN THE CASE OF MARINES WHO ARE NO LONGER DEPLOYED, THE MILITARY AWARDS BRANCH (CMC(MMMA)), HEADQUARTERS, U.S. MARINE CORPS, IS RESPONSIBLE FOR COORDINATING THE PROCESSING OF ALL RETROACTIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR AWARD OF THE COMBAT ACTION RIBBON (CAR) TO MARINES WHO MET THE REVISED CRITERIA ANNOUNCED IN REF A BASED ON COMBAT ACTIONS DATING BACK TO 7 OCTOBER 2001. THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS, STRICT ADHERENCE TO THE UPDATED ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS CONTAINED IN THIS MARADMIN IS REQUIRED.
A. ACTIVE DUTY, RETIRED, AND VETERAN MARINES, OR THE NEXT OF KIN FOR DECEASED MARINES, WHO BELIEVE THEY ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE CAR UNDER THE REVISED CRITERIA, CAN CONTACT THE FIRST OFFICER IN THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND AT THE TIME OF THE ACTION VIA LETTER OR EMAIL AND REQUEST THAT THE OFFICER RECOMMEND THEM FOR THE CAR BASED ON THEIR ACTIONS ON A SPECIFIC DATE. INFORMATION ON CONTACTING MARINES VIA THE CMC(MMSB) WORLD WIDE LOCATOR CAN BE FOUND IN PARA G. IN THOSE CASES WHERE AN OFFICER IS ALREADY KNOWLEDGEABLE OF THE PREVIOUS COMBAT ACTIONS OF ONE OF THEIR MARINES THAT MET THE REVISED CRITERIA, THE OFFICER CAN ORIGINATE THE RECOMMENDATION WITHOUT RECEIVING A REQUEST FROM THE MARINE. IN ALL CASES, THE OFFICER ORIGINATING THE RECOMMENDATION MUST SUBMIT AN ADMINISTRATIVELY COMPLETE NAVMC 11533 PERSONAL AWARDS RECOMMENDATION FORM TO THIS HEADQUARTERS VIA THE CHAIN OF COMMAND AT THE TIME OF THE ACTION, UP TO AND INCLUDING THE BATTALION/SQUADRON COMMANDER. A PDF VERSION OF THE NAVMC 11533 WITH INSTRUCTIONS CAN BE
DOWNLOADED FROM HTTPS: (SLASH)(SLASH)NAVALFORMS.DOCUMENTSERVICES.DLA.MIL/FORMSDIR/ (UNDERSCORE)NAVMC(UNDERSCORE)11533(UNDERSCORE)EF(U NDERSCORE) 10040.PDF
B. PRIOR TO SUBMITTING A RECOMMENDATION FOR A CAR BASED ON ACTIONS DURING A PRIOR DEPLOYMENT THAT MEET THE REVISED CRITERIA, THE ORIGINATING OFFICER MUST CHECK THE CAR DATABASE LOCATED AT THE MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS WEBSITE AT WWW.MANPOWER.USMC.MIL, TO ENSURE THAT A CAR HAS NOT BEEN PREVIOUSLY AWARDED FOR THE SAME OPERATION FOR WHICH THE NEW CAR RECOMMENDATION IS BEING ORIGINATED.
C. THE SUMMARY OF ACTION IN THE NAVMC 11533 MUST CONTAIN A THOROUGH DESCRIPTION OF THE EVENT IN WHICH THE INDIVIDUAL TOOK DIRECT ACTION TO DISABLE, RENDER SAFE, OR DESTROY AN ACTIVE ENEMY-EMPLACED IED, MINE, OR SCATTERABLE MUNITION WHILE IN THE IMMEDIATE PROXIMITY OF THE WEAPON SUCH THAT THE INDIVIDUAL WAS AT INCREASED RISK FROM THE ANTICIPATED EFFECTS OF THE WEAPON IF DETONATED. THE EVENT DESCRIPTION MUST CONTAIN SUFFICIENT DETAIL TO ALLOW THE HQMC AWARDS BOARD TO CONFIRM THAT THE EVENT CITED MEETS THE REVISED CRITERIA IN REF A.
D. ALTHOUGH NOT REQUIRED, MARINES MAY SUBMIT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION TO THE OFFICER SUBMITTING THE CAR RECOMMENDATION FOR SUBMISSION WITH THE NAVMC 11533. SUCH DOCUMENTATION MAY INCLUDE, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, EOD INCIDENT RESPONSE SHEETS, PERSONAL AWARD SUMMARIES OF ACTION OR CITATIONS, FITNESS REPORTS, OR EYEWITNESS STATEMENTS THAT DOCUMENT ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE MARINE IN RESPONSE TO LIVE IEDS. THE USE OF SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION DOES NOT ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE NAVMC 11533 TO BE ENDORSED BY THE CHAIN OF COMMAND. NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTATION.
E. THE OFFICER ORIGINATING THE RECOMMENDATION MUST ROUTE THE NAVMC 11533 FOR ENDORSEMENT VIA THE CHAIN OF COMMAND THAT WAS IN PLACE ON THE DATE OF THE ACTION, UP TO AND INCLUDING THE BATTALION/SQUADRON COMMANDERS. AFTER THE BATTALION/SQUADRON COMMANDER HAS ENDORSED THE NAVMC 11533, IT SHOULD BE FORWARDED TO THIS HEADQUARTERS VIA THE US POSTAL SERVICE TO:
HEADQUARTERS, U.S. MARINE CORPS
MILITARY AWARDS BRANCH (MMMA-3)
2008 ELLIOT ROAD
QUANTICO, VA 22134-5030 OR IT MAY BE SCANNED AND SENT VIA EMAIL TO: SMB(UNDERSCORE)HQMC(UNDERSCORE)PERS(UNDERSCORE)AWA RDS(at)USMC.MIL.
F. ONCE THE HQMC AWARDS BOARD HAS MADE A DECISION ON THE RETROACTIVE CAR RECOMMENDATION, CMC (MMMA-3) WILL NOTIFY THE OFFICER ORIGINATING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE DECISION VIA LETTER FORWARDED DOWN THE ENDORSING CHAIN OF COMMAND. IN THE CASE OF APPROVALS, THE APPROVAL LETTER AND RIBBON WILL BE MAILED TO EITHER THE MARINE OR THE AWARD ORIGINATING OFFICER, AS INDICATED ON THE NAVMC 11533. AN ENTRY WILL BE MADE IN THE CAR DATABASE, MARINE CORPS TOTAL FORCE SYSTEM (MCTFS)(WHEN APPLICABLE), AND A COPY OF THE APPROVAL LETTER WILL BE FORWARDED TO CMC(MMSB) FOR INCLUSION IN THE MARINE'S OFFICIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL FILE (OMPF).
G. MARINES SEEKING TO LOCATE ACTIVE DUTY, RESERVE, OR RETIRED MARINES FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING COMMAND ENDORSEMENTS MAY CONTACT THE CMC (MMSB) WORLD WIDE LOCATOR FOR ASSISTANCE EITHER BY EMAIL TO SMB.MANPOWER.MMSB(at)USMC.MIL; BY CALLING 1(800)268-3710; OR BY LETTER TO:
HEADQUARTERS, U.S. MARINE CORPS
MANPOWER MANAGEMENT SUPPORT BRANCH (MMSB-17)
2008 ELLIOT RD (SUITE 201)
QUANTICO, VA 22134-5030
6. THE POINT OF CONTACT AT THIS HEADQUARTERS, CMC(MMMA-3), IS MR.M.T. NEWMAN (MARK.T.NEWMAN(at)USMC.MIL) AT (703) 784-9340 (DSN 278).
7. THIS MARADMIN IS APPLICABLE TO THE MARINE CORPS RESERVE.
8. RELEASE AUTHORIZED BY MAJGEN A. SALINAS, DIRECTOR, MANPOWER MANAGEMENT DIVISION.//