Established on August 3, 1939, the Massachusetts National Guard Military Medal honors Massachusetts National Guard members who execute a feat of heroism or bravery that sets them apart from their peers but is typically of a lesser degree than would warrant the Medal of Valor.
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 white with three thin vertical blue stripes toward the center.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by oak leaf clusters.