The Nebraska National Guard Homeland Defense Service Ribbon honors Nebraska National Guard members and civilians who performed services related to homeland defense, generally in support of Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Noble Eagle. The period of eligibility begins on September 11, 2001, and requires that 30 or more days of qualifying service have been carried out starting on or after that date.
The Nebraska National Guard is composed of the Nebraska Army National Guard and the Nebraska Air National Guard. The Army component originated in 1854 and currently numbers approximately 3,700, making its headquarters in Lincoln. Established in 1946, the Air component numbers around 950 and is also headquartered in Lincoln; it consists of the 155th Air Refueling Wing and the 170th Group.
The ribbon is red with blue vertical stripes on each edge. In the center are four thin white vertical stripes alternating with three thin dark blue stripes.