The Connecticut National Guard Medal of Merit honors Connecticut National Guard members who carry out exceptional service or exhibit noteworthy behavior beyond standard expectations that promotes the well-being of the Guard and the State.
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 gold and features three grapevines, an image adapted from the State Seal, encircled by the words “FOR MERIT CONN.” and a laurel wreath around the exterior rim. The medal is joined to the ribbon by an eagle; the ribbon is dark blue with a thin vertical white stripe toward each edge.