Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2019.83.8
Dimensions: 1 ¼ in diameter
Dimensions (Metric): 2.54 cm diameter
Credit Line: Gift of Mary E. Galligan
Commemorative circular lapel pin with the insignia for the United States Federal Air Marshal in the center. "OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM | SEPTEMBER 11, 2001" is printed in gold-colored text surrounding the center image.
To prevent future attacks after 9/11, the U.S. government initiated a Global War on Terror, sending troops to Afghanistan and later to Iraq. One of the objectives was to undermine terrorism by enabling open, democratic elections in countries governed by repressive regimes. Many Americans joined the military to defeat supporters of terrorism.
Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) was the official name used by the U.S. Government for the Global War on Terrorism.