The Vermont National Guard Distinguished Service Medal honors Vermont National Guard members who carry out sustained exceptional service, typically in a position of substantial responsibility.
The Vermont National Guard is made up of the Vermont Army National Guard and the Vermont Air National Guard, also referred to as the Green Mountain Boys. The Army component numbers approximately 3,000 soldiers and dates back to militia activity in the mid-eighteenth century. The Air component, based in South Burlington and numbering around 1,000 airmen and women, traces its roots to the 67th Fighter Wing, formed officially in October of 1946.
The ribbon is light blue and is bisected by a thin vertical yellow stripe; it features a thin yellow stripe and a thin red stripe on each edge proceeding outward.