The Alabama National Guard National Emergency Service Ribbon honors Alabama National Guard personnel who carried out active federal service in the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
Comprised of the Alabama Air National Guard and the Alabama Army National Guard, the Alabama National Guard is approximately 11,000 members strong as of 2006. It traces its origins back to militia activity during the War of 1812, and the Air component was officially added in 1917 with the inception of the 106th Aero Squadron.
The ribbon features a center section of four white and three blue thin vertical stripes. Flanking this section is a thick red stripe on either side and a thinner blue stripe on each edge. A seal reading “BERLIN CRISIS” decorates the ribbon.