The Wisconsin National Guard Distinguished Service Medal honors Wisconsin National Guard members who carry out sustained exceptional service, typically in a position of substantial responsibility.
The Wisconsin National Guard is made up of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and the Wisconsin Air National Guard. The Army component, established in 1848, numbers approximately 7,700 and is headquartered in Madison. The Air component, which numbers around 2,400, was founded in July of 1940 with the 126th Observation Squadron and is currently based in Madison as well; its major units are the 128th Air Refueling Wing and the 115th Fighter Wing.
The ribbon is blue with no additional decoration.