This ribbon was authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force on Feb. 21, 1968.
This ribbon is awarded to enlisted airmen nominated by the major commands (MAJCOMs), field operating agencies (FOAs), and direct reporting units (DRUs) to HQ AFPC Special Trophies and Awards Office for competition in the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year (12 OAY) Program. Only one ribbon is awarded. The 12 members selected as the Air Force Outstanding Airmen of the Year will wear a bronze service star, centered on the ribbon, retroactive to June 1970.
A center stripe of white, flanked on both sides by thin stripes of dark blue and red, with wide stripes of light blue on each end.
Bronze Service Star (for selection as one of the 12 OAY) and/or Oak Leaf Cluster (for subsequent award of MAJCOM/FOA/DRU nomination to the 12 OAY competition). The bronze service star is worn to the wearer's right side of the oak leaf clusters, if both are awarded.
WEIGHTED AIRMAN PROMOTED SYSTEM POINT VALUE: 0