The Colorado National Guard Meritorious Service Medal honors Colorado National Guard members who demonstrate outstanding behavior and noteworthy performance in the service of Colorado.
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 features the image of an axe encased in a bundle of rods from which a ribbon trails. An inscription encircling the image reads “COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD - FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE.” The reverse of the medal features the words “AWARDED TO” above a scroll on which to engrave the recipient’s name and a laurel branch at the bottom. The ribbon is dark blue with two thick vertical white stripes toward the center.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by bronze stars.