The New York National Guard Conspicuous Service Star Medal honors New York National Guard Members who demonstrated sustained honorable comportment throughout the duration of their service and who have earned a unit award involving combat during their service.
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 gold and in the shape of an eight-pointed star. It features an image of the Statue of Liberty in the center, encircled by the words “CONSPICUOUS SERVICE STAR” and “NEW YORK STATE.” The ribbon features a red central stripe flanked by a thin vertical white stripe and a thicker blue stripe on either side proceeding outward.
Additional awards may be indicated by silver or gold New York State Shield devices.