The Kansas National Guard Counter Drug Service Ribbon honors Kansas National Guard members who carry out service in designated counter-drug operations for a minimum term of 30 days consecutively, which may include initiatives to reduce demand and supply or address substance abuse in other ways.
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 dark blue and is bisected by a thick vertical yellow stripe flanked on either side by a thin green stripe.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by sunflower devices.