The Ancient Order of Saint Gabriel is the more distinguished of the two levels of the Military Order of Saint Gabriel.
The Ancient Order is reserved for those rare individuals whose careers embody outstanding achievements and accomplishments in the spirit, dignity, and sense of sacrifice and commitment epitomized by a career that so singularly distinguishes the individual as a contributor to Public Affairs that they have few peers.
Army Chief of Public Affairs approval is required; please submit nominations at least 60 days before the presentation date.
The Ancient Order of Saint Gabriel includes the medallion, ribbon and box. Awardees will also be added to the distinguished roster of recipients.
All Public Affairs professionals whose actions and service contributed to the success of Army Public Affairs are eligible for induction – this includes all current/former Soldiers and Army Civilians serving the Army, Reserve or National Guard. Inductees will have proven performance of conspicuous, long-term service for or on behalf of Army Public Affairs. All inductees must have:
- Minimum time in service
Nominees must have 15 years of service connected to Army Public Affairs. This requirement may be waived due to extenuating circumstances (e.g. death or medical retirement prior to attaining the minimum time-in-service).
- Chief of Public Affairs approval
The awarding of the Ancient Order of Saint Gabriel requires approval by the Chief of Public Affairs. The CPA may approve, disapprove or downgrade a nomination to the Honorable Order, as appropriate.
- Army Public Affairs Association membership
Since APAA membership is required to receive the award or nominate an inductee, a nominal $35 one-year membership fee will accompany the award processing fee for each non-member.
The Ancient Order of Saint Gabriel medallion bears the image of Gabriel, calling out the good news with his familiar trumpet, on the obverse of the brushed-gold medallion.
On the reverse is the Army Public Affairs emblem with its sword, pen and lightning bolt signifying the diverse roles of the Army Public Affairs communicator.