The Colorado National Guard Commendation Ribbon honors Colorado National Guard members who who distinguish themselves through outstanding service or accomplishments of a nature that do not warrant the Colorado Meritorious Service Medal.
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 red with a series of stripes on the right side in dark blue, white, a thinner red, white, and dark blue.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by bronze stars.