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Air Force Cross of Merit (Lotniczy Krzyz Zaslugi).

Instituted by act of Parliament of June 14, 2007. Awarded in two categories: with and without swords to members of the air force, in exceptional cases also to members of other services. The cross with swords is conferred for meritorious service in combat operations against acts of terrorism at home or during military missions overseas. The crosses without swords is bestowed for outstanding non-combat meritorious achievement or service.


Крест Заслуги в Авиации (аверс) Крест Заслуги в Авиации (реверс)


Badge: silver Greek cross 42 x 42 mm, with concave arm bases, of the same design as the Military Cross. In the center there is a non-enameled chessboard of the Polish Air Force.

Reverse: flat, with a three line inscription "POLSKA / SWEMU / OBRONCY" (Poland to her defender) and two laurel sprays on the sides. When awarded with swords, they are placed on a ring and surmount the badge.

Ribbon: 38 mm wide, light blue with 2 mm white edges and 2 mm side stripes equally spaced. A second award is denoted by a bronze bar on the ribbon. For the crosses with swords the bar has oak leaves, for the crosses without swords the bar is plain and polished.






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