The California National Guard Federal Service Ribbon honors California National Guard Members who carry out honorable service as part of a mission resulting from a directive of the President of the United States under Title 10. Eligible dates and terms are as follows:
-At least 12 months of service in World War II between September 15, 1940 and September 16, 1945
-A least 12 months of service in the Korean Conflict between August 1, 1950 and July 27, 1954
-At least three months of service in the Berlin Crisis between October 1, 1961 and August 31, 1962
-At least six months of service in the Vietnam Conflict between July 3, 1965 and March 28, 1973
-Service in Operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm beginning on or after April 11, 1991
-Service in Operation Desert Spring or Desert Fox beginning on or after April 11, 1991
-Service in Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti between January 10 and July 8, 1995
-Service in Operation Joint Forge or Joint Endeavor in Bosnia beginning on or after December 18, 1997
-Service in Operation Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, or Iraqi Freedom in Central Asia beginning or 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 dark blue with five yellow stripes toward the center.