The New York National Guard Counterdrug Ribbon honors New York National Guard Members who serve in support of a counterdrug operation for an aggregate term of 30 days.
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 ribbon is divided into equal thirds divided by thin vertical yellow stripes: the center third is purple and the outer two are dark blue.