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    Little information regarding Southern Sudanese awards seems available other than a few images and information snippets.  President Salva Kiir Mayardit (in office since 2011 & First Vice President of Sudan, from 2005 to 2011) wears awards in two images shared below.    [Besides Sudanese and Southern Sudanese decorations the President probably has received foreign honors.]   His Stetson hat is a sort of personal emblem or trademark, stemming from a visit to the U.S.A., not a Southern Sudanese traditional Archetype. 

    A news release indicates that President Kiir, the commander-in-chief of SSPDF– received medals  on the recommendation of the 5th Command Council Conference held in Juba in 2016.  The Chief of General Staff presented him with the Medal of National Heroism, Medal of Bravery, Medal of Independence, and medal of Long Service Conduct, the medal for Distinguished Military Service, Medal of Counter Insurgency and Medal of Combat Proficiency.  The first image below may illustrate some of these awards.

    The second image pictures Kiir with domestic and foreign military officers.  He wears a blue-white-blue sash similar to the Somali Order of the Leopard or the inactive Tadjoura/French Order Nichan el-Anouar. 

    Last image depicts Kiir with veterans he decorated on 5 September 2017 with what appears to be simply a badge & sash.  Unfortunately no info other than " President Kiir, who is also a core member of the SPLA rebellion, is awarding them medals for their heroism during the Liberation Struggle [1983-2005] at the military headquarters in Bilpam."

    Further news on this topic welcome!




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    I was privileged to serve as the US Defense Attaché in Juba. While there I copied this from a diplomatic event program. 

    the gents above looked to be granted the Order of the Lion of South Sudan


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