Battle Colors receive new streamers

18 Jul 2005 | Lance Cpl. Jordan M. Welner

Three new campaign streamers were added to the official battle colors of the Marine Corps during Marine Barracks Washington’s Friday Evening Parade, July 15, 2005.

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Michael W. Hagee, affixed the Afghanistan Campaign streamer, Iraq Campaign streamer and “Global War on Terrorism” service streamer during a special ceremony in which their corresponding medals were formally established to recognize Marines in service after 2001.

The executive order signed at the White House by President George W. Bush states, “These medals shall be awarded to members of the Uniformed services of the United States who serve or have served in Afghanistan or contiguous air space, as defined by such regulations, on or after October 24th, 2001; who serve or have served in Iraq or contiguous waters or air space, as defined by such regulations, on or after March 19th 2003 and/or who serve or have served in military operations to combat terrorism, as defined by such regulations, on or after September 11th 2001, and all of which before a terminal date to be prescribed by the secretary of defense.”

The last streamer to be added to the Battle Colors was the Kosovo Campaign Streamer, awarded for service in various Kosovo operations beginning in 1999.