THE NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION MEDAL FOR THE FORMER YUGOSLAVIA
Obverse: The NATO star set in a wreath of olive leaves.
Reverse: The title “NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANISATION” and the words “IN THE SERVICE OF PEACE AND FREEDOM” in English and in French.
Size: 35mm in diameter.
Ribbon: 35mm wide, the ribbon for this medal is dark blue, the colour of NATO, with two narrow white stripes towards either side, representing peace. The clasp ‘FORMER YUGOSLAVIA’ is worn on the medal ribbon.
Suspension: The ribbon is threaded through a 12mm diameter ring, which passes through a loop fixed to the top of the piece. The ring will move forwards and backwards.
This medal was awarded to forces under North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) command or in direct support of NATO operations in the Former Yugoslavia up to December 2002. In 1996 New Zealand contributed military personnel to serve in the Former Yugoslavia with the NATO Implementation Force (IFOR) and then with the NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR).
Eligibility & Criteria
– thirty days continuous or accumulated service in direct support of NATO operations, on land, at sea or in the air spaces of the Former Yugoslavia, Albania, the Former Republic of Macedonia, and the Adriatic Sea (the theatre of operations) commencing 1 July 1992 and ending 31 December 2002; or
– ninety days continuous or accumulated service commencing 1 July 1992 and ending 31 December 2002, in the territories of Italy, Greece, Hungary and Austria, in direct support of the NATO operations in the Former Yugoslavia (the adjacent area).