The Connecticut National Guard Long Service Medal honors Connecticut National Guard members who honorably carry out ten years of service on behalf of the state dating back to April 21, 1898.
Composed of the Connecticut Army National Guard and the Connecticut Air National Guard, the Connecticut National Guard dates all the way back to militia activity in 1672. The Air component originally formed in 1917 in support of World War I efforts but was not established in its present form until 1946; its current numbers are estimated at 1,200. The Connecticut Army National Guard is recognized as the country’s oldest branch of the military.
The medal is bronze and in the shape of a cross mounted on a wreath. In the center is a disk featuring three grapevines, an image adapted from the State Seal, and encircled by the words “FAITHFUL SERVICE CONN.” The medal is joined to the ribbon by an eagle; the ribbon is red with no additional decoration.
Additional service may be recognized with clasps at five year intervals.