The Colorado National Guard Adjutant General’s Outstanding Unit Award honors Colorado National Guard units who carry out exceptional service in the performance of a difficult mission that distinguishes them from their peers. Eligible performances must have occurred on or subsequent to June 1, 1995.
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 ribbon is bisected by a thin vertical blue stripe flanked on either side by a white stripe and a red stripe as well as a thicker purple section proceeding outward.