The Louisiana National Guard Cross of Merit Medal honors Louisiana National Guard members who demonstrate heroism or otherwise exceptional service so as to set themselves apart from their peers but of a lesser nature than would warrant the Louisiana Distinguished Service Medal.
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 white with a thin vertical dark blue stripe on each edge.