Established on May 2, 1980, the Maine National Guard Commander’s Award honors Maine National Guard members who carry out commendable service that meets the following requirements:
-minimum of 95 percent attendance rate at assemblies
-individual weapon qualification
-no infractions or disciplinary action
-noteworthy comportment and attitude as well as positive personal qualities
Composed of the Maine Army National Guard and Maine Air National Guard, the Maine National Guard originated as a militia force in 1820 when Maine attained statehood. The Air component was officially recognized in February of 1947 and is headquartered in Bangor; the Army component traces back to colonial-era militia activity and is currently based in Augusta.
The ribbon is yellow with thin vertical stripes of red, white, and blue proceeding outward toward each edge.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by service stars.