The Idaho National Guard Emergency Duty Ribbon honors Idaho National Guard members who carry out service in the event of an emergency or other crisis as designated by the governor.
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 bisected by a thin vertical yellow stripe flanked on either side by a thicker stripe of red, white, and blue proceeding outward.