The Maritime Administration (MARAD) recently announced the authorization of awarding the MMEM to mariners who served in support of Operation Restore Hope and United Shield.
MARAD Announces New Medal for Somalia Operations
The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has authorized the award of the Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal (MMEM) for service aboard U.S.-flag vessels in support of Operations Restore Hope and United Shield and related operations in Somalia from Dec. 5, 1992, to March 31, 1995.
Civilian U.S. merchant mariners employed on U.S.-flag vessels delivering cargo and supplies to deployed U.S. military, allied and United Nations forces, as well as supporting associated humanitarian cargo and personnel movements to and from Somalia port facilities or national waters during the period cited, are eligible for the award.
The MMEM was created to recognize the contributions of U.S. merchant mariners in times of national conflict or emergency. The medal has been previously awarded for Merchant Marine service in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom.
For additional information, contact MARAD: Deveeda Midgette at [email protected] or 202-366-2354.
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