The Illinois National Guard Long Service honors Illinois National Guard members who satisfactorily carry out five years of service.
The Illinois Army National Guard and the Illinois Air National Guard make up the Illinois National Guard. With roots as far back as a 1712 colonial militia, the Army component makes its headquarters in Springfield and boasts a membership of nearly 10,000. The Air component, also based in Springfield, originated in 1927 with the 108th Observation Squadron in Chicago.
The medal is bronze and features the image of a log building encircled by an inscription reading “LONG AND HONORABLE SERVICE - STATE OF ILLINOIS.” On the reverse is an oak wreath and text reading “AWARDED TO [NAME OF RECIPIENT.” The ribbon features a thick vertical red stripe in the center flanked on either side by a thinner stripe of white and one of blue proceeding outward.
Numeral clasps may indicate additional five-year terms of service.