The New York National Guard Conspicuous Service Cross honors members of the New York National Guard who demonstrated sustained honorable comportment throughout the duration of their service and who have earned an individual award issued by a brigade level or higher body. It may be awarded posthumously.
Comprised of the New York Army National Guard and New York Air National Guard, the New York National Guard dates back to 1786 with the establishment of a militia following the British occupation of New York City. The New York Army National Guard was officially formed in 1906, and the Air Guard followed in 1917. The Army component numbers over 10,000 guardsmen, and the New York Air National Guard is the largest state Air Guard in the country at nearly 6,000.
The medal is silver and features the image of an eagle atop a shield at the center of a cross.The ribbon is red with a stripe of white and dark blue on each edge proceeding outward.
Additional awards may be indicated by silver or gold cross devices.