Title: Medal, US Public Health Service Special Assignment
Accession #: NHHC 1999-140-J
Size: 2.75 x 1.5
Medium: Metal, Fabric
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
One Special Assignment Award Medal from Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The planchet is bronze and circular in shape. At the center of the obverse is a caduceus crossed with a horizontal foul anchor. Around the edge of the face are the embossed words "U.S. Public Health Service". The reverse is stamped "Special Assignment Award." A small suspension ring attaches the medal to a tapered ribbon. The ribbon is edged by a blue stipe and a thick blue stripe in the center. Flanking the center blue stripe on both sides is a grouping of white and maroon stripes- white, maroon pinstripe, white, thick maroon, white, maroon pinstripe, white.
The Special Assignment Medal of PHSCC is awarded to those who have been detailed through official orders to serve in a special program of a Federal or State Agency or other organization for at least thirty consecutive days in a qualifying assignment. Assignments that require thirty or more non-consecutive days may be considered on an individual basis.