The Outstanding Unit Award may be awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units such as Air Forces, Air Divisions, Wings, Groups, and Squadrons and to Medical Facilities such as hospitals, clinics, and medical centers (whether or not they are numbered) for exceptionally meritorious service or exceptionally outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. Heroism may be involved, but is not essential. The service or achievement may be in any of the following areas:
Performing exceptionally meritorious service of national or international significance.
Accomplishing specific acts of outstanding achievement of national or international significance.
Combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States.
Military operations involving conflict with or exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force.