HQ ARPC provides decoration processing services to a large customer base which includes Individual Mobilization Augmentees (IMA), Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), Unit Air National Guard (ANG), Air Force Reserve Active Guard Reserve (AGR), Unit Reservists, and Retired Airmen. 

Decoration applications come to us through the virtual Personnel Center (vPC) and upon receipt of complete and accurate supporting documentation, the HQ ARPC Recognition branch verifies, finalizes, and updates decorations in MilPDS. Our branch's primary responsibilities are as follows:

  • Validate transactions concerning awards and decorations by ensuring decorations submitted through vPc are updated in MILPDS, ARMS/PRDA (AFPC Function) and eOSR when applicable
  • Provide guidance to Military Peronnel Sections/Commander Support Staffs/Commanders and Service Members
  • Answer high-level inquiries and Board for Corrections of Military Records (relating to awards and decorations)

​Additionally, upon request and with proper documentation, we update individual decorations for all members who were previously awarded but do not reflect in the member's record; this includes those awarded by sister services.


HQ ARPC's Recognitions Branch performs the following services:

1. Process the following decorations/actions in vPC online in accordance with AFMAN 36-2806 and AFH 33-337:

  • Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
  • Aerial Achievement Medal (AAM)
  • Air Force Commendation Medal (AFCM)
  • Air Force Achievement Medal (AFAM)
  • Military Oustanding Volunteer Service Medal (MOVSM)
  • Combat Readiness Medal (CRM)
  • Revocations and Amendments of Decorations

2. Research status of awards and decorations in vPC upon request

3. Provide replacement medals for eligible members per AFMAN 36-2806

4. Process incoming decorations via mail from AFCENT – some active-duty and Air Reserve Component units when required

5. Provide Awards and Decorations Listing to retired/separated and prior-service members


  • Decorations/Nominations - Fewer than 10 days
  • Updates/Corrections/Inquiries - 10-15 business days
  • Listings (Retirees/Prior Service/Members who have separated) - 10-15 business days