The Maryland National Guard Outstanding Soldier Ribbon honors the Soldier and Airman each year who distinguish themselves from their peers through outstanding service.
The Maryland National Guard is composed of the Maryland Army National Guard and the Maryland Air National Guard. The origins of the Army component date back to colonial militia activity as early as 1634 near the Chesapeake Bay; it is currently headquartered in Baltimore. The Air component, also based in Baltimore, consists primarily in the 175th Wing and originated in 1921 with the federal recognition of the 104th Observation Squadron.
The ribbon is red with a thick vertical white stripe in the center flanked on either side by a thin red stripe and a slightly thicker dark blue stripe proceeding outward.