Aces & 8s Decorations Page






The Medal of Honor is awarded to members who obtain a total of 1500 kills during 1 complete tour.



The Distinguished Service Cross is awarded to members who obtain a total of 1000 kills during 1 complete tour.



The Army Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to members that participate in either multi-frame scenarios or Friday Squadron Operations (FSO). During the event, the member must have shot down at least one enemy aircraft and landed safely at the end of the same frame. In order to receive the Army Distinguished Service Medal, the event combat records must show you to have participated in the event, been credited with at least one kill and then landed safely at the end.



The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal is awarded to members that participate in all three frames (100% participation) for given campaign in Friday Squadron Operations (FSO) events.



The Silver Star is awarded to members who achieve an average K/D ratio of 3.0 in fighter and attack classes for an entire Tour of Duty.To be eligible, a member must fly at least 20 combat sorties and obtain a minimum of 30 confirmed kills. There must be a minimum of 10 sorties in each of the fighter and attack catagories.



The Legion of Merit is awarded to members who are ranked with the most kills and highest K/D ratio at the end of each tour. To receive the Legion of Merit, you must achive the #1 ranking on the squadrons internal list which is generated at the end of each tour. Ranks for this medal are based first on K/D and then on Total Kills.



The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to members who are able to perform in an outstanding manner as seen by their squad mates during a combat situation. You may be recommended to receive the DFC based upon your actions as perceived by your squad mates. If you witness outstanding or extraordinary actions by your fellow squad members, you may write to the squad CO and XO to recommend that person for the DFC. The DFC is also awarded for achieving Triple Ace status during a single hop. Triple Ace is a kill count of 15 or more. You must send a screen shot showing your kill count with a successful landing in order to be awarded the DFC for a Triple Ace. If you were flying with any other squadmates, you must include their names with the submission and specify your wingman.



The Air Force Cross is awarded to members who acheive a K/D ratio greater than 1.0 in either the bomber, fighter or GV catagories. At the end of the MA tour, each member's statistics are reviewed for presentation of this decoration.



The Airman's Medal is awarded to members who are able to consistently maintain formation flight both to and from an engagement zone, and work with their wingman in a professional manner during all flight operations. The recomendation for this comes from the formation Flight Leader or the members Wingman. A short (5 minutes or less) film clip of the flight should be submitted also.



The Bronze Star is awarded to members who achieve 20 or more captures of enemy installations (airfields, bases or ports) in any Tour of Duty where they were an active member of the Aces & 8s. To receive the Bronze Star Medal, a member must have at least 20 base captures shown in their end of tour statistics. All troop carrying vehicle/aircraft types are eligable.



The Purple Heart is awarded to members who are able to land their aircraft after having been wounded while fighting in aerial combat.To receive the Purple Heart, the pilot must take a screen shot showing his aircraft on the runway of a friendly airfield with the damage status displayed showing his pilot wounded indication.



The Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to members who distinguish themselves by outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the benefit of the squad without prior assignment or direction. Members who show themselves to take a higher interest in the squad and it's functions by involving themselves in activities that will help improve the squad and its functions will be considered for being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.



The Defense Meritorious Service Medal is awarded to members who have participated during an organized squad night event where the selected objective is acomplished.This eligibility includes flying in 1 frame of a Friday Squadron Operations (FSO) campaign.



The Air Medal is awarded to all members of a flight (at least 4 aircraft) that land together after combat. To be eligable, a screen shot must be taken showing the text buffer with all members of the flight showing as landed successfully with at least 2 kills each. Each end of flight message MUST show on the same screen shot, indicating that all members of the flight landed together and ended flight together. This is a teamwork oriented award and encourages the use of good wingman tactics and flight leadership. All submissions that are accompanied by films and written After Actions Reports will be posted in the squadron archives.



The Aerial Achievement Ribbon is awarded to both members of an element who are members of the same flight that land together after combat. To be eligable, a screen shot must be taken showing the text buffer with both members of the flight showing as landed successfully with at least 2 kills each. The end of flight messages must be on consecutive lines of the text buffer, indicating that the pilots landed together and ended flight together. This is a teamwork oriented award and encourages the use of good wingman tactics and flight leadership skills. All submissions that are accompanied by films and written After Action Reports will be posted in the squadron archives.



The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to members who achieve an Ace status within a single mission. Ace status is from 5 to 14 kills (see the DFC for more than 14 kills). To receive the ARCOM medal, take a screen shot of the message showing the kill count with a succssful landing and send the image to the squad CO for verification. If you are flying with other squad members during your mission, please list them and also specify who your wingman was. As we are a teamwork-oriented squad, it is important that all participants are recognized for their efforts. Only 5 ARCOMs will be awarded per member. After that, your next award is the DFC with 15 kills or more.



The Air Force Commendation Ribbon is issued to the top ranked member of the squadron for each Tour of Duty in the MA. One ribbon is awarded for each Fighter, Bomber, Attack and Vehicle catagories.



The Army Achievement Medal is awarded to members who complete non-combat, voluntary assignments as available on the Assignments page or by successfully introducing and integrating a new member into the squad. To receive the AAM, you must complete whatever assignment you have accepted. You may also receive this award if you are responsible for introducing a new recruit to the squad who then later becomes a member.