The Missouri National Guard Panama Crisis Ribbon honors Missouri National Guard members who carried out service in support of Operation Just Cause upon the United States’ invasion of Panama in December of 1989.
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 red stripe flanked on either side by a thin vertical blue stripe followed by a slightly thicker white stripe and blue stripe proceeding outward.