The South Carolina National Guard State Active Duty Ribbon honors South Carolina National Guard members who carry out service in the event of an emergency or other crisis as declared by the Governor.
The South Carolina National Guard is composed of the South Carolina Army National Guard and the South Carolina Air National Guard; it numbers approximately 10,000 soldiers and airmen in total. The Army component is based in Columbia and traces back to colonial militia activity in 1670. The Air component, also based in Columbia, originated in December of 1946 with the formation of the 157th Fighter Squadron.
The ribbon is dark blue with a white vertical stripe toward the exterior on each side.