Transportation Distinguished Service Medal

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Transportation Distinguished Service Medal
Transportation Distinguished Service Medal
Presented byDepartment of Transportation
EligibilityMembers of the United States Coast Guard
StatusReplaced by Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal in 2003
EstablishedExecutive Order 12824, December 7, 1992, (amended by Executive Order 13286, February 28, 2003, Executive Order 13569, April 5, 2011).
Transportation Distinguished Service Medal ribbon
Order of Wear
Next (higher)Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal[1]
Next (lower)Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal[2]

The Transportation Distinguished Service Medal was the highest decoration which could be bestowed by the Secretary of Transportation for exceptional service to the United States government in a position of great responsibility to a member of the United States Coast Guard.[2] In 2003 it was replaced by the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal.

The Department of Transportation Distinguished Service Medal was established by Executive Order 12824 signed by President George H. W. Bush on December 7, 1992. The decoration was awarded to any member of the Coast Guard who provided exceptionally meritorious service in a duty of great responsibility while assigned in the Department of Transportation, or in other activities under the responsibility of the Secretary of Transportation, either national or international, as may be assigned by the Secretary.

With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in 2003 and transfer of the Coast Guard to it, the award was changed to become the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal, issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security.[3]

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  1. ^ "US Coast Guard Ribbons & Devices Correct Order Of Ribbon Wear" (PDF). United States Coast Guard. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b Executive Order 12824
  3. ^ Executive Order 13286