The Idaho National Guard Distinguished Service Medal honors Idaho National Guard members who demonstrate excellence in carrying out duties of particular responsibility or significance on behalf of Idaho. Feats of heroism may also qualify for the award.
The Idaho National Guard consists of the Idaho Army National Guard and the Idaho Air National Guard. Headquartered in Boise, the Army component is made up of more than 3,500 soldiers and traces back to militia activity in the nineteenth century’s Nez Perce Indian Wars. The Air component, also based in Boise, was officially formed on September 18, 1947 when the United States Air Force became a separate branch of the military.
The ribbon is dark blue and is bisected by a thin vertical red stripe flanked on either side by a thin white vertical stripe.