The Army Commendation Medal is a United States military award which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service , for valorous actions in direct contact with an enemy force, but of a lesser degree than required for the award of the Bronze Star.
DESCRIPTION AND SYMBOLISM
In the center of a bronze hexagon one and three-eighths inches wide, an eagle with horizontally displayed wings and bearing on its breast a shield paly of thirteen pieces and a chief. In its talons the eagle hold three arrows. The shape of the medal was designed to distinguish the Commendation Medal from all other Army decorations. The eagle is from the Seal of the Department of Defense, and the shield is taken from the Great Seal of the United States.
In the center of the bronze hexagon there is a plaque for engraving the recipient's name. Above the plaque, in two lines, the inscription in raised letters, FOR MILITARY, and below the plaque, MERIT. Below the word MERIT, and in the bottom point of the medal, there is a spray of laurel, representing achievement.
SPC Ryan has been awarded the Army Commendation Medal.
**clapping of many hands**
and a sincere Thank You, Son.
Prays never ceasing, rising up to heaven for all the members of Fort Hood, Home of the 1st Cavalry. My heart breaks for those who lost their beloveds yesterday. Know that you left this world as heroes preparing to defend our freedoms.