The Ohio National Guard Special Service Ribbon honors Ohio National Guard members who carry out service in the event of an emergency or other crisis as determined by the Governor and in the capacity of maintaining order, protecting civilians and property, and supporting relief efforts.
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 ribbon is divided into three equal sections with white in the center and green on either side.
Subsequent awards may be indicated by numerals through the sixth award, after which they are noted by bronze oak leaf clusters and a silver oak leaf cluster for the tenth award.