The Alabama National Guard Special Service Medal honors Alabama National Guard members who carry out 30 days of active service to Alabama. The completion of duties such as preserving order, disaster relief efforts, aid to citizens, and other exceptional acts. In special circumstances, the state’s governor may also approve the award even in absence of the standard 30 days of service.
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 is dark red with four dark blue vertical lines.