The Tennessee National Guard National Emergency Service Ribbon honors Tennessee National Guard members who carried out service in Germany during the Cold War’s Berlin Crisis between 1961 and 1962.
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 features four thin vertical white stripes in the center alternating with three blue; this section is flanked on either side by a thicker red stripe and a thin blue stripe on each edge.