Established on March 1, 1997, the Kansas National Guard Commendation Medal honors Kansas National Guard members who carry out sustained outstanding service or conduct an individual valorous act to advance the well-being of his or her unit, typically of a lesser degree than would warrant the Kansas National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon.
The Kansas National Guard is composed of the Kansas Army National Guard and the Kansas Air National Guard. The Army component’s roots trace back to the Kansas Territorial Militia, which was established in 1855 to maintain order amid growing pre-Civil War tensions between pro-slavery and abolitionist factions. It numbers approximately 5,500 soldiers and has headquarters in both Topeka and Salina. The Air component dates back to 1941, when the 127th Observation Squadron came into being, and it is based in Topeka.
The ribbon is blue with the thin vertical white stripes toward the center and one on each edge.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by oak leaf clusters, and the bronze “V” device may be awarded for an act of heroism.