Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) is an award of the United States Air Force which was first created in 1954. The award is presented as a ribbon to any command of the U.S. Air Force (including Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard) which performs exceptionally meritorious service, accomplishes specific acts of outstanding achievement, excels in combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States, or conducts with distinction military operations involving conflict with, or exposure to, a hostile action by any opposing foreign force. The "V" (Valor) device is authorized when awarded for combat or combat support service.
Multiple awards of the AFOUA are denoted by oak leaf clusters on the award ribbon. The AFOUA ranks directly below the Meritorious Unit Award (MUA) and above the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award (AFOEA) in the precedence of Air Force awards and decorations. It is considered a personal award for personnel who were assigned or attached to the unit during period for which it was awarded, and may be worn whether or not they continue as members of the organization.