The Colorado National Guard Meritorious Conduct Medal Ribbon honors Colorado National Guard members who perform heroic acts or noteworthy feats of courage typically involving the risk of life to save others. Acts performed while under Federal service are not eligible for this award.
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 medal is bronze and in the shape of a cross; it features an eagle atop a shield and a scroll reading “COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD” and “FOR VALOR.” The reverse features a scroll on which to engrave the recipient’s name as well as an inscription reading “AWARDED TO [NAME] FOR MERITORIOUS CONDUCT.” The ribbon features a broad red central section flanked by a thin vertical white stripe and thicker dark blue stripe on either side proceeding outward.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by bronze stars.