The Louisiana National Guard War Cross Medal honors Louisiana National Guard members who carry out a minimum term of ninety days of service in the event of a national emergency, at the start of a declared war, or at presidential behest in other capacities related to national safety.
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 red with a thin vertical white stripe on each edge.