The Louisiana National Guard Counter Drug Service Ribbon honors Louisiana National Guard members who carry out excellent service in designated counter-drug operations for a minimum term of 90 days, which may include initiatives to reduce demand and supply or address substance abuse in other ways. It may only be awarded once and may be granted for service dating back to January 1, 1989.
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 thick vertical white stripe in the center bordered by thin dark blue stripes; proceeding outward is a gray stripe followed by a thin band of red, white, and red, a thin gray stripe, and a thin yellow stripe on each side.