The Air Force Organizational Excellence Award is one of the unit awards of the United States Air Force. It was created in 1969 and is presented to Air Force internal organizations that are entities within larger organizations. They are unique, unnumbered organizations or activities that perform functions normally performed by numbered air wings, groups, squadrons, etc.
Additional awards of the Organizational Excellence Award are denoted by oak leaf clusters worn on the ribbon. The "V" device may also be authorized to be worn for the units participating in combat operations and or direct combat support.
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