Combat Action Streamer

Wednesday June 18, 2008

What is it?

Army units that have been deployed in support of combat operations now have a new way to be recognized: the Combat Action Streamer (CAS).

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren approved creation of the CAS on Oct. 13, 2007, for units that have served or are serving in a theater of combat operations. The award is retroactive to Sept. 18, 2001, for units meeting the criteria.

What has the Army done?

The Army created the streamer for units that meet the following criteria: If 65 percent or more of the Soldiers in a unit have been awarded the Combat Action Badge, then that unit can display the CAS with its distinctive flag or guidon. The qualifying percentage is based on the unit's authorized strength.

For the war on terrorism, only one streamer will be authorized per unit, regardless of the number of times a unit deploys, or whether it deploys to Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the future, a streamer will be awarded to a unit for each separate war or military operation in which the criteria for the award have been met.

Commanders of battalions, groups, regiments and brigades are authorized to award the CAS to companies under their commands. The award can be made during the period of military operations against an armed enemy and for one year thereafter.

During the same period, commanding generals of divisions, corps, and armies are authorized to award the CAS to separate platoons, detachments, battalions, groups, regiments and brigades under their command when all criteria are met.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army will continue to seek recognition for units and Soldiers who engage the enemy and encourage the planning and execution of appropriate ceremonies surrounding the award of the CAS. In all cases the unit can also ask the surrounding community, including the local media, to join in the ceremony.

Why is this important to the Army?

Decorations, citations, medals and unit colors are just some of those ways the Army honors its brave Soldiers. These awards build a sense of pride and camaraderie that every Soldier past, present and future exhibits. The highest honor one can hope to receive in the profession of arms is engaging in actual combat.


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