The North Carolina National Guard Meritorious Unit Citation honors North Carolina National Guard units that carry out exceptional service or perform acts of heroism, typically of a lesser degree than would warrant the North Carolina National Guard Governor’s Unit Citation.
The North Carolina National Guard is composed of the North Carolina Army National Guard and the North Carolina Air National Guard, numbering approximately 12,000 soldiers and airmen.The Army component is among the oldest in the country, dating back to a state militia formed through the Carolina Charter in 1663; it is headquartered in Raleigh. The Air component was formed in 1948 with the 156th Fighter Squadron and is currently based in Raleigh as well.
The ribbon is bisected by a thin vertical gray stripe with a blue section on the right and red on the left. It features a silver frame with a leaf pattern.