South-West Asia Service Medal
South-West Asia Service Medal was created to recognize the service of individuals who participated
in operations conducted against terrorism in South-West Asia after September 11, 2001.
Eligibility for this award is extended to individuals who were enrolled in, attached to or worked
with the Canadian Forces and who were posted, attached to, or working with a Canadian or allied
unit or formation deployed outside Canada that was participating in, or provided direct support
on a full time basis to operations conducted in South-West Asia for a period of at least 90 days
after September 11, 2001.
The South-West Asia Service medal is a circular silver medal, 36 mm in diameter and suspended
from a ribbon. The obverse of the medal bears the effigy of Her Majesty the Queen of Canada, wearing
the King George IV State Diadem, with the inscriptions Elizabeth II, Dei Gratia Regina,
and Canada. The reverse bears the representation of Hydra, a multi-headed creature of Greek
mythology, transfixed by a Canadian sword. The Latin phrase Adversus Malum Pugnamus (we
are fighting evil) also appears on the reverse.
The Bar of the Medal is also silver in colour and bears the name of the theatre of operations
in South-West Asia. Eligibility for the Bar is extended to individuals who have served for a period
of at least 30 days while deployed in the theatre of operations after September 11, 2001.
The South-West Asia Service Medal is part of the Canadian Honours System established in 1967.