The California National Guard Commanding General’s Meritorious Unit Citation recognizes units of the California National Guard that distinguish themselves through outstanding accomplishments or comportment during peacetime. The term of service must have been carried out after September 11, 2001.
At nearly 23,000 members, the California National Guard is the largest in the country; it is made up of the California Army National Guard and California Air National Guard. The Army component dates back to the 1849 founding of a state militia, then called the First California Guard; the Air component, based in Sacramento, traces its roots back to August of 1917 when the 115th Aero Squadron was formed to support the United States’ efforts in World War I.
The ribbon is divided into equal thirds with a central white section flanked by dark blue sections. The ribbon features a gold frame with a leaf pattern.