Date Authorized: February 28th, 2003
Ribbon Colors: red; black; white; blue; bronze
Ribbon showcases banded colors along half its length in red-black-red-white-blue-red-blue order repeated in reverse order for the other half of its length. The bands vary in thickness.
Round bronze medal suspended from two different sized rings joined together by a sole ring (three rings total). The front face of the medal showcases a Colonial Minuteman holding a nondescript flag. A scroll beneath the Minuteman displays the text "BELLO VEL PACE PARATUS". The words "DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION" are arched over the top of the scene. At the beginning and end of this arch are five stars lining the edges of the medal. The words "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" are set at the rounded bottom edge of the medal after these rows of stars. The rear face of the medal shows a laurel wreath and shows the words "FOR SERVICE TO THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IN GUARDING THE INTERESTS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC".
Awarded to senior officials of the United States government as well as officers of the United States Coast Guard. The Guardian Medal was established through the United States Department of Transportation following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America.