The California National Guard Enlisted Excellence Ribbon honors members of the California National Guard who distinguish themselves through commendable and honorable behavior for a term of no fewer than two consecutive years of service.
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 white in the center and green on either side.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by bronze oak leaf clusters.