Awarded by the Commanding Officer in a permanent or acting capacity, in character in the name of Starfleet Command. The Starfleet Commendation is Starfleet's fifth highest award for either valor or achievement and may be awarded to any in character service member of Starfleet distinguishing themselves by the personal standards set be the Commanding Officer, in a permanent or acting capacity, of a simulation.
The issuing authority completes the name of the award by determining what the Starfleet Commendation was issued for.
e.g.: Starfleet Commendation for Original Thinking