The District of Columbia Recognition Ribbon honors District of Columbia National Guard members who have been bestowed one of the District of Columbia National Guard awards as follows:
-NCO of the Year
-Soldier of the Year
-Airman of the Year
-Senior NCO of the Year
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 green and is bisected by a thick vertical purple stripe; it features a thin vertical light blue stripe toward the center on each side as well as dark blue edging.