Established on July 1, 1999, the Louisiana National Guard Cold War Victory Ribbon honors Louisiana National Guard members who carried out honorable service between the dates of May 8, 1945 and December 25, 1991 for a term of no less than eighteen consecutive months. It may only be awarded once.
The Louisiana National Guard is composed of the Louisiana Army National Guard and the Louisiana Air National Guard; it is estimated to have 11,500 members. The Army component, headquartered in New Orleans, traces its roots back to militia activity in the 1770s. The Air component is also based in New Orleans and consists of the 159th Fighter Wing, nicknamed the “Bayou Militia,” as well as several support units.
The ribbon is bisected by a thin vertical red stripe bordered in yellow and flanked on either side by a thin vertical black stripe, a thin green stripe, a yellow line, a thick white stripe, and a thin yellow stripe proceeding outward to each edge.