Medal of Honor

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The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor for an outstanding act performed in the line of duty, while in combat against an armed adversary, with the knowledge of the risk involved, and imminent personal hazard to life. This is to be bestowed upon an individual, professional sworn Correctional Officer. Generally presented to its recipient by the Medal of Honor Committee of the American Correctional Officer.

Five Honorees will be selected via a Selection Committee: Three Correctional Officer Awards, One Supervisor Award, One Staff or Civilian Award.

Honorees will be announced on August 1, 2018.

 2018 Nomination Deadline: July 14, 2018

Time frame for incidents considered: Jan 1, 2017 – July 1, 2018

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The 2018 National Medal of Honor Foundation Honoree’s receive:

  • Round trip airfare to the event
  • Shuttle to and from the hotel
  • Hotel accommodation for 3 days & 2 nights
  • $250 Visa gift card
  • Meet & Greet event for honoree and guest
  • Awards Banquet for honoree and guest
  • Medal of Honor
  • Individual plaque
  • Facility plaque
  • Medal of Honor Jacket

Over the years many honorees have brought family members or guests with them to enjoy the event. We provide transportation and hotel accommodations for only the honoree. However, we do cover the Awards Banquet admission fee of $99 for the honoree and one guest. Also the hotel allows for up to four per room at no additional cost to the guest or Foundation.


2018 Nominee Eligibility Rules

Time Line

Incident or events occurring between January 1, 2017 thru July 1, 2018.

Correctional Officers and Supervisors
All publicly employed Correctional Officers and Correctional Supervisors. Supervisor is defined as any rank above that of Lieutenant.

Civilian and Staff Award
It is not unusual for non-custodial staff to respond and assist Officers during an incident. To recognize these occurrences, we have established this Award. It is also true that on occasion civilians have responded and intervened on our behalf. Most notably if there are issues during transport or outside details. Additionally, there may be an elected official who has moved legislation that greatly benefits our mission in corrections, they too are eligible. The standards in this category are purposefully broad to allow for an array of submissions for this Award.


There is only one exclusion; private prison employees and supporters of the private prison industry are not eligible for consideration.

Nominator Eligibility

Anyone can submit a nomination for these Awards. However, they must provide adequate contact information for themselves and the nominee. Consider also that the more information provided the Selection Committee on the incident(s) or events being considered, the better the nominee’s chances of being selected.

Who pays for this Award

The Officers and supporters of the National Medal of Honor Foundation make up the majority of the contributions. Corporate and organizational sponsors also contribute to the event and there is a $99 fee to attend the award ceremony. As a non-profit the Medal of Honor appreciate all contributions, (which are tax deductible).