The Iowa National Guard Humanitarian Service Ribbon honors Iowa National Guard members who distinguish themselves through honorable non-military service efforts within Iowa or nationally.
The Iowa National Guard is composed of the Iowa Army National Guard and the Iowa Air National Guard. The Army component is based in Johnston and traces its roots back to militia activity in 1838. Also headquartered in Johnston, the Air component was founded on September 18, 1847, when the United States Air Force was established as a distinct branch of the military.
The ribbon is green with seven thin vertical black stripes at even intervals.