Cold War Recognition Certificate

Awards and Decorations Branch – Cold War Recognition Certificate Applications

All Military Branches

Certificate Application

To apply for a certificate you must have been a U.S. government employee during the period of the Cold War. See the FAQ for full details. Follow these instructions to submit your application.

  1. Fill out the application (NEW APPLICATION LINK) depending upon your current mailing address. Complete all fields that are applicable.
  2. Print the application. You must certify your honorable service by signing and dating the application or your application will be rejected. If you are unable to print the application you may submit a signed and dated letter containing the same information as the application. You must include the phrase “I confirm my faithful and honorable service to the nation during the Cold War Era.”
  3. Mail or fax the application to the Cold War Office along with your supporting document to:

Commander, USAHRC
Cold War Recognition Program
ATTN: AHRC-PDP-A, Dept 480
1600 Spearhead Division Avenue
Fort Knox, KY 40122-5408

You may email your application to the

An acceptable supporting document includes any official government or military document that contains the recipient’s name, Social Security Number or Military Service Number or Foreign Service Number, and a date showing at least one day of service during the Cold War era (2 September 1945 to 26 December 1991).

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