The NATO medal for Kosovo. In October 1998 the Alliance faced a new operation in Former Yugoslavia, this time in Kosovo. Council agreed that a new NATO Medal and ribbon should be created with a clasp entitled “Kosovo”.
The medal takes precedence equal to the General Service Medal in order of date of award. The NATO medal is brass or bronze, 1 3/8 inches in diameter, bearing on the front the NATO emblem (a four pointed star emitting a ray from each point superimposed on an annulet) enclosed in base by a wreath of olive. The reverse side has a band inscribed “NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION” at top and “ORGANISATION DU TRAITE DE L’ATLANTIQUE NORD” at the bottom. In the center is a sprig of olive between the inscription “IN SERVICE OF PEACE AND FREEDOM” above and “AU SERVICE DE LA PAIX ET DE LA LIBERTE” below.
Ribbon variants usually kept in stock (awarded to limited Australian and New Zealanders) are; Former Yugoslavia, ISAF (Afghanistan) and Kosovo.