Office of the Assistant Secretary Manpower and Reserve Affairs
SAMR-PO  Mar 24, 2009


MEMORANDUM FOR SEE DISTRIBUTION

SUBJECT: Delegation of Authority - Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom (DFM)



  1. References:
    1. Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy) (ASD (FMP)) memorandum of October 4, 2001, subject: Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom (Enclosure 1).
    2. Secretary of the Army Memorandum of March 17, 2009, subject: Delegation of Authority - Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom (Enclosure 2).
  2. In reference 1a, the ASD (FMP) delegated to the Secretary of the Army (SA) the authority to approve the DFM for Army Federal civilian employees. Pursuant to a delegation from the SA, I hereby further delegate this authority as described below:
  3. During wartime, the following conditions apply:
    1. In theater, commanders who approve the Purple Heart (PH) for service members will also approve the DFM for eligible Army civilian employees under their administrative control. These commanders are authorized to exercise this authority when an eligible injured civilian employee is able to return to duty in theater following injury. See paragraph 3c below for approval authorities in cases where the employee is not able to return to duty in theater.
    2. For United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) civilian employees with specific reporting channels in theater, the delegation is as follows:
      1. For USACE, Gulf Region Division (GRD)/Theater Engineer Command-Iraq (TEC-I), authority is delegated to the Commander, GRD/TEC-I, to award the DFM to Army civilians under the administrative control of that Commander. This authority may be further delegated, in writing, to Army commanders in the grade of Brigadier General (BG) and above or equivalent civilian leaders who have administrative control over civilian employees deployed to theater. For the purposes of this delegation, administrative control is defined as control over the daily work activities, duty assignments, and whereabouts of civilian employees.
      2. For USACE, Afghanistan Engineer District, authority is delegated to the Commanding General, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan (CSTC-A), to award the DFM to Army civilians under the administrative control of that Commander. This authority may be further delegated, in writing, to Army commanders in the grade of BG and above or equivalent civilian leaders who have administrative control over civilian employees deployed to theater.
    3. Hospital commanders (not field hospital commanders) who approve the PH are also authorized to approve the DFM for eligible Army civilian employees. These commanders are authorized to exercise this authority at military medical facilities where the eligible employee is receiving medical treatment.
    4. When an eligible Army civilian employee is killed in theater or leaves the theater due to injury and returns to their home duty station, then commanders and equivalent civilian leaders serving in the positions below, with employees deployed to the combat theater, will be authorized to approve the DFM. This will allow eligible Army civilian employees to be awarded the medal expeditiously by the command in which they are employed.
      This authority is delegated by position to:
      Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army
      Commander, US Army Forces Command
      Commander, US Army Training & Doctrine Command
      Commander, US Army Materiel Command
      Commander, US Army Europe
      Commander, US Army Central
      Commander, US Army South
      Commander, US Army Pacific
      Commander, US Army Special Operations Command
      Commander, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command
      Commander, US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Command
      Commander, Eighth US Army
      Commander, US Army Network Command Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Signal Command (Army)
      Commander, US Army Medical Command
      Commander, US Army Intelligence and Security Command
      Commander, US Army Criminal Investigation Command
      Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers
      Commander, US Army Military District of Washington
      Commander, Army Test and Evaluation Command
      Superintendent, United States Military Academy
      Commander, United States Army Reserve Command
      Director, United States Army Acquisition Support Center
      Commander, Installation Management Command
    5. This authority may be further delegated in writing, to subordinate commanders in the grade of BG and above, and equivalent civilian leaders, with employees deployed to the combat theater.
  4. All further delegations authorized by this memorandum must be in writing and must include the information on the retention of approval authority contained in paragraphs 5 and 6 below.
  5. In line with the approval authority for the PH, the approval authority for the DFM for Army civilians outside of the combat theater, wounded or killed as the result of an international terrorist attack, is retained at the Secretary of the Army level.
  6. The approval authority for the DFM for Defense contractors is retained at the Secretary of Defense level.
  7. Authority exercised pursuant to the delegations in this memorandum must be exercised consistent with Department of Defense policy and procedures and any guidance or instructions issued by Department of the Army Headquarters.
  8. This delegation of authority is effective as of the date of this memorandum and expires three years from March 17, 2009 unless earlier revoked or superseded.
  9. All instances of further delegation and awards being issued must be reported to the Office of the Assistant G-1 for Civilian Personnel (AG-1(CP)). A review of the authorities delegated will be conducted on an annual basis. Reporting instructions will be issued by the G-1 within 60 days from the date of this memorandum.




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RONALD J. JAMES                    
Assistant Secretary of the Army    
(Manpower and Reserve Affairs)


Enclosure 1 Oct 4, 2001 Memo

Enclosure 2 Mar 17, 2009 memo

DISTRIBUTION:

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TO THE SECRETARY OF THE ARMY

ARMY COMMANDS
US ARMY FORCES COMMAND
US ARMY TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND
US ARMY MATERIEL COMMAND

ARMY SERVICE COMPONENT COMMANDS
US ARMY EUROPE
US ARMY CENTRAL
US ARMY NORTH
US ARMY SOUTH
US ARMY PACIFIC
US ARMY SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND
US ARMY SPACE AND MISSILE DEFENSE COMMAND/ARMY STRATEGIC COMMAND
EIGHTH US ARMY

CF:

DIRECT REPORTING UNITS
US ARMY NETWORK ENTERPRISE TECHNOLOGY COMMAND/9TH SIGNAL COMMAND
US ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND
US ARMY INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY COMMAND
US ARMY CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION COMMAND
US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
US ARMY MILITARY DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
US ARMY TEST AND EVALUATION COMMAND
US MILITARY ACADEMY
US ARMY RESERVE COMMAND
US ARMY INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT COMMAND

DIRECTOR, CIVILIAN HUMAN RESOURCES AGENCY
DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF FOR INTELLIGENCE, ATTN: DAMI-CP
OFFICE, ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY (MANPOWER AND RESERVE
AFFAIRS), ATTN: SAMR-PO (MS. WARD)
OFFICE OF THE GENERAL COUNSEL, ATTN: SAGC (MS. JOHNSON)
OFFICE OF THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL, ATTN: DAJA-LE (MS. NUGENT)