The Louisiana National Guard Distinguished Service Medal honors Louisiana National Guard members who demonstrate excellence in carrying out duties of particular responsibility or significance on behalf of Louisiana and in such a manner as to set themselves apart from their peers.
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 dark blue with a thick vertical white stripe on each edge.