The Minnesota National Guard Medal for Merit honors Minnesota National Guard members who distinguish themselves through the performance of exemplary service on behalf of Minnesota or the country.
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 is divided into three equal sections with golden yellow in the center and red on either side.