Iron Cross 2nd Class
|Awarded by the Empire of New Europe|
|Awarded For:||Gallantry in action that is below that Iron Cross 1st Class. Also may be awarded for extreme Meritorious Achievement.|
|Established:||10 May 2009|
|First Awarded:||10 May 2009|
|Distinct Recipients:||Matthew I, of South Carolina, Emperor Wilhelm I, James Colaianni, Nicholas Bender, Vaughn Bullock.|
|Next (higher):||Iron Cross 1st Class|
|Next (lower):||Wound Badge(Gold Class)|
The Iron Cross 2nd Class is a lower mid level award in the Empire of New Europe. The Iron 2nd Cross is awarded to any person who meets specific qualifications:
- While serving in any capacity in or with the Imperial Armed Forces of New Europe who has distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, in connection with military operations against an armed enemy; or while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing armed force in which the New Europe is not a belligerent party. The Iron Cross 2nd Class is only awarded to service members in combat who are receiving imminent danger pay.
- For acts of heroism, performed under circumstances described above, which are of lesser degree than required for the award of the Iron Cross 1st Class.
- For meritorious achievement or meritorious service. The merit or acts of valor must be less than that required for the Military Merit Order of St Albert, in the case of award by the Kingdom of Greater Carolina, but must nevertheless have been meritorious and accomplished with distinction.
The Iron Cross 2nd Class is a medal that is affixed to a ribbon worn above the left breast pocket in service dress uniform. It is worn as a ribbon through the second buttonhole of the BDU uniform. A Golden Valor device (or “V device”) is authorized by all services and identifies the award as resulting from an act of combat heroism (as in the case of the Imperial Army and Air Service) or signifying that the medal was earned in combat (as in the case of the Imperial Navy), thus distinguishing it from meritorious achievement awards. However, an accumulation of minor acts of combat heroism does not justify an award of the Valor device. Combat service deserving a bronze star, but not achieved in a particular valorous act, would warrant a meritorious bronze star. The Valor device does not denote an additional award. Only one may be worn on any ribbon.