The Armed Forces Service Medal (AFSM) is an award of the U.S. military and was established on January 11th, 1996. The AFSM is given to personnel who partake in "significant activity" for which no other service or campaign medal is accredited. The term "significant activity" is determined by theater commanders and is usually deemed to be participation in a U.S. military operation considered to hold a high degree of scope, impact, and international significance.
Navy Ribbons. In Order: Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, NATO Medal, and Kuwait Liberation Medal.
What to Know About the Armed Forces' National Defense Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal. Medal is a service medal of the United States Armed Forces established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. The medal awarded to service members who served honorably during a designated time period of which a "national emergency" had been declared during a time of war or conflict.