Coast Guard DHS Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon
In January 2021, the Coast Guard received the Department of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Unit Award (OUA) for outstanding service during multiple hurricanes, the national response at the Southwest Border, and the COVID 19 global pandemic for the period of Aug. 25, 2017, through Nov. 30, 2020. The citation also praised the exceptional resilience of the Coast Guard during the fiscal year 2019 35-day partial government lapse in appropriation and the courage, resourcefulness, and professionalism of our people.
- All Coast Guard active duty, reserve, Auxiliary, and civilian personnel who were affiliated with the service at any time during the award period and served honorably;
- Any other military service members active duty or reserve, Public Health Service, and NOAA personnel who were permanently assigned to serve a tour of duty with the Coast Guard during this period and did so honorably;
- Personnel assigned temporary duty to the Coast Guard for one of the specific events cited in the award, which include hurricane relief efforts, assistance at the Southwestern U.S. border, assistance in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, and working through a government shutdown;
- Civilian employees from other agencies assigned to the Coast Guard during this period of time.