17 Mar 2009
MEMORANDUM FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY (MANPOWER AND
SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority - Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of
As authorized by the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy) in
the enclosed memorandum, I hereby delegate to you the authority to approve the
Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom. During wartime, you may
further delegate this authority, in writing, to commanders and equivalent civilian leaders
who meet the requirements described in this delegation. These commanders and
civilian leaders must have administrative control over civilians deployed to theater or
civilians returned to the home duty station following injury or death resulting from hostile
action. For the purposes of this delegation, administrative control is defined as control
over the daily work activities, duty assignments and whereabouts of civilian employees.
DFM approval authority may also be delegated to commanders who approve the
Purple Heart for service members, to include hospital commanders at military medical
treatment facilities where civilian employees are being treated due to deployment injury
when the employees are expected to be able to return to duty in theater following
treatment of the injury.
Commanders and equivalent civilian leaders wtih approval authority may further
delegate this authority by name, within their command, to commanders at the rank of
Brigadier General or higher, or to equivalent civilian leaders. The authority exercised
pursuant to this delegation will be exercised in accordence with Department of Defense
policy and procedures in approving the DFM.
I have retained the approval authority for the DFM for eligible Army civilians who are
wounded or killed outside of the combat theatet as the result of an international terrorist
This delegation does not include approval authority for the DFM for Department of
Defense contractors. That authority was retained by the Secretary of Defense.
Any further delegation of this authority must oontain specific reference to the
authorities retained at your level, at the Secretary of the Army level, and at the
Department of Defense level.
With this authority comes the requirement te establish appropriate review and
reporting requirements to ensure consistent administration and issuance of these
awards. Reviews of all delegations of this au1hority must be done on at least an annual
This delegation expires three years from the date of this memorandum unless eariier
revoked or superseded.
//original signed //
Genenal Counsel (w/encl)