Established on October 1, 1995, the Kansas National Guard Medal of Excellence honors Kansas National Guard members, civilians, and public officials who perform outstanding service in a position of significant responsibility or who carry out acts of heroism typically involving the risk of life or injury. The act of life-saving does not in itself warrant the award.
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 bisected by a thick vertical white stripe flanked on either side by thick dark blue stripes of equal size.