The Kansas National Guard Service Medal was created on May 1, 1969 to honor Kansas National Guard members who have served on active status for over five years.
There are five different classes of the award designed to recognize different lengths of service. Class One is awarded for more than 5 years with a medal and ribbon; Class Two for more than 10 years with a special Sunflower device; Class Three, more than 20 years with an additional Sunflower device; Class Four, more than 40 years with an additional Sunflower device.
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 a thin red stripe toward each edge and a thin white stripe to its interior.