Last week's profile of U.S. Mint artist Susan Gamble mentioned that she designed the first Air Force Combat Action Medal. The first six medals were awarded on June 12, 2007.
Joe Boling writes:
The ribbon's diagonal stripe at first could not be manufactured in the United States; but military medals cannot be manufactured outside the U.S. This design problem was resolved when a mill in Pennsylvania, Bally Ribbon Mills, bought a new loom specifically to weave the diagonal stripe. A Rhode Island firm, Ira Green Inc. in Providence, made the metal parts.
The medal is the only award of the United States military to have a diagonally patterned ribbon, much like various British awards (such as the Distinguished Flying Cross).
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
ARTICLE PROFILES U.S. MINT ARTIST SUSAN GAMBLE
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