The Air Force JROTC Gold Valor Award, or simply the Gold Valor Award, is the highest and most-prestigious ribbon issued at the national level within the AFJROTC. Being the highest honor awarded to cadets, Gold Valor is only for those who put their lives on the line to help others in lethal danger.

A rarity in the organization, the rewarding of a Gold Valor Award is usually presented in a small ceremony of its own to honor the cadet it was given to, alongside the Gold Valor Medal and a certificate.


Congressman Mike Garcia presents Matthew Harrison with the Gold Valor Medal after his heroic actions during the Saugus High School shooting, Santa Clarita, CA.