NATO Medal - Balkans (2003-2011) (Ribbon)
Standard ribbon used on a metal or plastic ribbon rack.
**** There are many different versions of the NATO medal.
This is The NATO Non Article 5 Medal for the Balkans from 2003-2011,
**The NATO Non Article 5 for the Balkans has had two different designs.
In 2011, NATO decided to make all the Non Article 5 Medals have the same ribbon design. Before 2011 the NATO Balkans Medal had a different design, which is what you are looking at on this page. After 2011, the NATO Balkans Medal was resigned to match the other Non Article 5 Medals. (See that design here)
----The Balkans area of operations includes FYROM, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Albania and Kosovo. Before 2003, Kosovo was a part of a different NATO mission. From 1999 to 2003 service in Kosovo earned the "NATO Kosovo Medal." (see that design here)
***In the US Military, you are supposed to wear the ribbon / medal of the first NATO operation you participated in. Every NATO Medal exists with a bar across the front (similar to the knots on the Good Conduct Medal) stating the name of the operation it was awarded for. In the US, we only wear the "basic portion / version" of the medal without the bar attached to the front according to regulation. This is because if we earn more than one different version of the medal, we wear stars attached to whichever medal we earned first to show additional awards. In other countries, they wear multiple NATO medals side-by-side instead of combining them into one.