The Virgin Islands National Guard Distinguished Service Medal honors Virgin Islands National Guard members who carry out a feat of valor or heroism in excess of normal expectations.
The Virgin Islands National Guard is made up of the Virgin Islands Army National Guard and the Virgin Islands Air National Guard. The Army component was established in October of 1973 and is based on the island of St. Croix; it currently numbers nearly 1,000. The Air component, also based on St. Croix, was formed in February of 1980 with the 285th Combat Communications Flight.
The ribbon is dark blue with a thick vertical yellow stripe on each edge.