The Air Force Recognition Ribbon is a decoration of the United States Air Force which was first created in October of 1980. The decoration is intended to recognize those who have received “non-portable” awards for accomplishment and excellence while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force. This is a slide on ribbon.To be awarded the Air Force Recognition Ribbon, a service member must receive a designated trophy, plaque, or other award through an achievement as specified by Air Force regulations. The ribbon is thus intended to recognize awards which cannot otherwise be displayed on a military uniform, such as an athletic excellence award presented in the form of a trophy.Additional awards of the Air Force Recognition Ribbon are denoted by oak leaf clusters.