The California National Guard Governor’s Outstanding Unit Citation honors California National Guard units who demonstrate excellent achievement or performance to distinguish themselves from other units. The following requirements apply:
-Maintain unit strength of at least 95 percent for a minimum of eight months out of the year
-Maintain training assembly attendance of at least 95 percent for a minimum of eight months out of the year
-Attain qualifying scores on the Annual General Inspection
-Meet qualifying training objectives
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 yellow with a thin vertical dark blue stripe toward each edge. It features a gold frame with a leaf pattern.