Medals for Ready Reserve Force crews

Medals for Ready Reserve Force crews

The U.S. Department of Transportation presented Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medals to the officers and crews of three Ready Reserve Force ships that participated in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

Personnel were honored from the GTS Adm. William M. Callaghan, M/V Cape Orlando, and the S.S. Comet, all roll-on/roll-off vessels that carried materiel to the war zone in the Middle East. The presentation was made by DOT Chief of Staff John A. Flaherty.

The ships are part of the 68-vessel fleet owned and maintained by the Maritime Administration. A total of 40 ships were assigned to Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The Merchant Marine Expeditionary Medal is awarded to men and women who serve aboard U.S.-flag ships in support of operations involving American and allied military forces. The Comet is managed by Mormac Marine; the Orlando and Callaghan are Keystone-managed vessels.