Title: Medal, Public Health Service Achievement
Accession #: NHHC 1999-140-G
Size: 2.75 x 1.5
Medium: Metal, Fabric
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One Achievement Medal from the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The planchet is bronze and circular in shape. At the center of the obverse is a rod of Asclepius crossed with a horizontal foul anchor in the background with an eagle holding a federal shield in the foreground. The edge of the face is embossed "Public Health Service / United States of America." The reverse is blank. A small suspension ring attaches the medal to a tapered ribbon. The ribbon is maroon with dark blue pinstripes on both edges, and an ultramarine blue stripe in the center.
The PHSCC Achievement Medal is issued to personnel for excellence in accomplishing the mission of a program. Criteria for obtaining the achievement medal include advancement of program objectives, sustained above-average dedication to duty over a relatively short period of time, or a single act of distinction to the betterment of the United States in the area of public health. The Achievement Medal is considered a civilian decoration; however, it can be awarded to members of the military. In such cases, the Public Health Service Achievement Medal may be worn on active duty uniforms upon application from the service member.