The Minnesota National Guard Medal for Valor honors Minnesota National Guard members who carry out acts of heroism, valor, or gallantry in a manner to set themselves apart from their peers and in excess of expectation.
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 white with one thick dark blue stripe toward each edge.