The Tennessee National Guard Distinguished Service Ribbon honors Tennessee National Guard members who execute a particularly challenging responsibility at a notably high level.
The Tennessee National Guard consists of the Tennessee Army National Guard and the Tennessee Air National Guard. The Army component was founded in 1887, though it traces back to militia activity in the 1800s. The Air component originated in 1917 with the creation of the 105th Aero Squadron supporting World War I efforts; it currently has approximately 1,500 members and is based in Nashville.
The ribbon is red with two thin vertical blue lines toward the center as well as a white stripe and a blue stripe proceeding outward to each edge.
Additional awards may be indicated by oak leaf clusters.