The Missouri National Guard Kosovo Campaign Ribbon honors Missouri National Guard members who carried out service in qualifying operations in the Kosovo Campaign. The award includes the Kosovo Air Campaign, which took place between March 24 and June 10, 1999 in Albania, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, and surrounding air and waters in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas; it also covers the Kosovo Defense Campaign between June 11, 1999 and an undetermined date in Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia (Kosovo included) as well as air and water around the relevant Adriatic coastlines. Eligible operations include Allied Force, Allied Harbour, Joint Guardian, Noble Anvil, Shining Hope, and Sustain Hope. Eligible task forces include Hawk, Hunter, and Saber.
The Missouri National Guard is composed of the Missouri Army National Guard and the Missouri Air National Guard. The Army component is based in Jefferson City and traces its roots back to Civil War-era militia activity. The Air component, which originated in 1917 and is now based in St. Joseph, is made up of the 131st Bomb Wing and the 139th Air Wing and features the 157th Air Operations Group and the 231st Civil Engineer Squadron as support units.
The ribbon is bisected by a thick vertical yellow stripe flanked on either side by a thin green stripe, a thicker light blue stripe, and thin stripes of red, white, and blue proceeding outward.