Established on January 16, 1979, the Indiana National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon honors Indiana National Guard members who carry out honorable service in the event of a state emergency or other crisis as declared by the Governor or Adjutant General.
Numbering over 16,000, the Indiana National Guard is composed of the Indiana Army National Guard and the Indiana Air National Guard. The Army component, headquartered in Indianapolis, dates back as far as 1801, when a volunteer militia formed in the territory. The Air component is made up of the 122d Fighter Wing, based in Fort Wayne, and the 181st Intelligence Wing, based in Terre Haute.
The ribbon is bisected by a thick vertical red stripe flanked on either side by a thick blue stripe and a thin yellow stripe proceeding outward.