Numerous military honors are currently recognized on Illinois license plates, but not the Air Force Combat Action Medal. That issue would be resolved under legislation filed by State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington).
“If you have been awarded an Air Force Combat Action medal, it means you have put your own life on the line to defend this country in combat, and your service should be recognized,” said Sen. Barickman. “There is no reason that our license plate system should honor similar medals from other branches of the service while ignoring our heroic airmen.”
Senate Bill 2518 creates the Air Force Combat Action Medal license plate and allows the Secretary of State to issue them to eligible drivers. The new plate would join numerous others created to recognize military service and awards, including the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Navy Service Cross, among others. The existing Combat Action Badge plate is offered for Army recipients of that medal, which is very similar to the Air Force’s Combat Action Medal.
“While I am proud of my service as an infantry soldier in the Illinois Army Nation Guard, I believe it is important that we recognize the services and sacrifices made by the members of all of our armed service branches,” said Senator Barickman. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this legislation to honor the brave men and women who have served in combat with the Air Force.”