The Texas National Guard Medal of Merit honors Texas National Guard members who carry out exceptional service or achieve noteworthy accomplishments as determined by the Adjutant General.
The Texas National Guard is composed of the Texas Army National Guard and the Texas Air National Guard. The Army component dates back to a militia established by Sam Houston in 1835; it currently numbers approximately 19,000 and operates 117 armories. The Air component, headquartered in Austin, traces back to the 111th Aero Squadron formed in 1917 in support of World War I efforts.
The ribbon features a thick vertical yellow stripe in the center flanked on either side by a thin red stripe and a blue stripe; it also features red edging.