Established on October 15, 1984, the Massachusetts National Guard Humanitarian Service Medal honors Massachusetts National Guard members who carry out an act of valor or other noteworthy achievement subsequent to July 1, 1985 that does not entail military service but benefits the Massachusetts National Guard by repute or other renown.
The Massachusetts National Guard consists of the Massachusetts Army National Guard and the Massachusetts Air National Guard and dates back to colonial militia activity as early as 1636. Approximately 8,200 soldiers and airmen currently serve. The Army component is headquartered in Bedford, and the Air component, also based in Bedford at Hanscom Air Force Base, was established in February of 1947.
The ribbon is dark blue and is bisected by a thick yellow stripe. It features yellow edging.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by bronze or silver service stars.