Chief Of Staff Medal of Appreciation

The Government of Israel instituted on April 26, 1981 a decoration called the Chief Of Staff Medal of Appreciation (Ot ha'araha), as "a symbolic expression of appreciation for acts of superior importance that contribute directly or indirectly to the strengthening of the IDF and that significantly benefit the security of Israel." The medal may be awarded to citizens of Israel as well as citizens of foreign states, including military personnel. If the nominee is no longer alive, the medal may be presented to his next of kin.

The decoration consists of a silver colored medal connected to a light blue and white ribbon, as the colors of the national flag. The decision to publish the presentation of the medal will take into account the circumstances and identity of the recipient.
 

Rules for wearing of this decoration
Recipients are entitled to wear the medal at all times. The decorations should be worn at the left chest side.

Privileges connected to the decoration
Recipients of the decoration, while in Israel during Independence Day are invited to the opening ceremony at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. If abroad, the recipients are invited to the receptions organized by the military attache or ambassador of Israel.

 
 
Igor Ostapenko

The decoration as issued till about 2004 - ribbon of woven fibers

   
   
Latest version of the decoration - some kind of plactic ribbon
 

 

Medal awarded to the family of Ilan Ramon

The medal as awarded in 2004 to the family of Colonel Ilan Ramon,  Israel's first astronaut.

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