The Ohio Cross honors Ohio National Guard members who perform acts of notable valor or gallantry, typically entailing risk of life and in such a manner as to set themselves apart from their peers. Documentation of the act is required.
The Ohio National Guard is composed of the Ohio Army National Guard and the Ohio Air National Guard; it totals an estimated 17,000 soldiers and airmen. The Army component is headquartered in Columbus and dates back to militia activity in 1788. The Air component, also based in Columbus, originated in 1915 with the 112th Observation Squadron.
The medal is in the shape of a Maltese cross bearing the Ohio Coat of Arms and reading “THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF OHIO.” The reverse reads “AWARDED TO [NAME OF RECIPIENT] [DATE].” The ribbon is dark blue with no additional decoration.