The District of Columbia National Guard Emergency Service Ribbon honors District of Columbia National Guard members who carry out service in the event of an emergency or other non-war crisis as determined by the President, Congress, or the DCNG Commanding General.
The District of Columbia National Guard is composed of the District of Columbia Army National Guard and the District of Columbia Air National Guard. It is the lone National Guard organization to be called into active duty by the President rather than by a Governor. The Army component, which numbers approximately 1,350, was created in 1802 by then-President Thomas Jefferson. The Air component dates back to April 1941, when the 121st Observation Squadron was founded; its major unit is currently the 113th Wing.
The ribbon is red with four thin vertical white stripes alternating with three thin vertical blue stripes in the center; it also features blue edging.