|Distinguished Honor Award|
|Awarded by United States Department of State|
|Eligibility||Foreign Service, Civil Service, US Military|
|Awarded for||"Exceptionally outstanding service or achievements of marked national or international significance"|
|Next (higher)||Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service|
|Next (lower)||Superior Honor Award|
The Distinguished Honor Award is an award of the United States Department of State. Similar versions of the same award exist for the former U.S. Information Agency, Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and USAID. It is presented to groups or individuals in recognition of exceptionally outstanding service or achievements of marked national or international significance.
The award consists of a gold medal set and a certificate signed by an assistant secretary, an official of equivalent rank or the Chief of Mission. Due to the demanding nature of the criteria, the award is not routinely issued; only three non-Ambassadorial rank Foreign Service Officers have ever received an individual award.
The following criteria are applicable to granting a Distinguished Honor Award:
Nominations for State and USAID employees are submitted on Form JF-66, Nomination for Award, through supervisory channels to the Joint Country Awards Committee for review and recommendation to the Chief of Mission for final action.
Nominations initiated in Washington are submitted to the appropriate area awards committee for final action. For USAID, nominations initiated in Washington are reviewed by the USAID bureau/office with final approval by the appropriate assistant administrator or office head.