This award was established to annually recognize the achievements and dedicated service of Army and Air National Guard junior officers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and professionalism in their services to country and community. This award was first presented in 2006.

Nominees must be second lieutenant, first lieutenant, or captain serving in either the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard during the award period for which the award is given. Nominees must be members of both NGAUS and their state associations.

Whole-career information will be submitted and evaluated to include: accomplishments in duty assignments; career progression, training, and professional development activities; community service demonstrating leadership or exemplary character; military and civilian education; awards and decorations; experience and achievements; leadership qualities and character.

Nomination and Selection Procedures
Recommended endorsements from unit commander, battalion, brigade or wing commander and state Adjutant General. An individual may not receive more than one award. More than one award may be given in a calendar year. Each state or territory may submit no more than one ANG and one ARNG nomination each year.