Soldiers of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division clear their weapons at clearing barrels on Khabari Crossing, Kuwait after convoying from Contingency Operating Station Echo, Iraq, Dec. 17, 2011. The Ironhorse Brigade was one of the last units out of Iraq and has been approved for the Meritorious Unit Citation. (First Lt. Kelly McManus/Army)
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Secretary of the Army John McHugh has authorized the award of the Meritorious Unit Commendation to a number of active and Reserve units for meritorious performance and service while deployed to the Middle East combat theater for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Meritorious Unit Commendation ranks third in precedence behind the Presidential Unit Citation and Valorous Unit Award. Qualified soldiers can wear the red and gold ribbon above the right pocket of the Army Service Uniform.
Among the recipients are members of 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, one of the last units out of Iraq.
The MUC awards were authorized in special orders recently issued by Army headquarters as follows:
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