The Louisiana National Guard Commendation Medal honors Louisiana National Guard members who carry out sustained outstanding service or conduct an individual valorous act to advance the well-being of their unit, typically of a lesser degree than would warrant the Louisiana National Guard Meritorious Service Ribbon.
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 features a band of red, white, and blue in the center flanked by dark blue on the right and yellow on the left.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by oak leaf clusters.