The Colorado National Guard Active Service Medal may be awarded to individuals who have served in active duty or in any campaign with the Colorado National Guard under the order of the President. Eligible campaigns are determined by the Adjutant General.
Composed of the Colorado Army National Guard and the Colorado Air National Guard, the Colorado National Guard is approximately 5,000 strong, with around 3,500 soldiers and 1,500 airpersons. The Army component traces its roots back to 1860, when it formed as the Colorado Volunteer Militia, and the Air component was formed in August of 1917 as the 120th Aero Squadron to support the United States’ World War I efforts.
The bronze medal features the Colorado coat of arms beneath a right-facing eagle with the United States shield on its chest. Text around the seal reads “STATE OF COLORADO 1876.” The reverse side features laurels joined by a bow and text reading “COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD” and “FOR ACTIVE SERVICE.” The ribbon is symmetrically striped with the colors of the Colorado state flag, proceeding outward from the center: blue, white, yellow, and red.
Multiple awards may be denoted by bronze stars.