The Washington National Guard Guardsman Medal honors Washington National Guard members who carry out an act of heroism typically entailing the risk of life but of a lesser nature than would warrant the Cross of Valor.
The Washington National Guard is made up of the Washington Army National Guard and the Washington Air National Guard. The Army component numbers approximately 6,200 and is based in Camp Murray; it traces its roots back to territorial militia activity in 1853. The Air component, at around 2,100 members, is based in Tacoma and originated in 1917 with the formation of the 116th Aero Squadron, which supported World War I efforts.
The ribbon is light green and is bisected by a vertical yellow stripe; it features two additional, thinner yellow stripes toward each edge.