The Minnesota National Guard Distinguished Service Ribbon honors Minnesota National Guard members who carry out exceptional service in a role of great importance.
Consisting of the Minnesota Army National Guard and the Minnesota Air National Guard, the Minnesota National Guard totals approximately 13,000 members. The Army component, headquartered in St. Paul, originally formed as a militia in 1856. The Air component is also based in St. Paul and dates back to the 109th Squadron’s formation in 1921.
The ribbon features a thick white central section flanked on either side by a thin vertical stripes of blue, white, red, and white followed by a thick blue stripe and white edging proceeding outward.