The New York National Guard Exercise Support Ribbon honors New York National Guard Members who carried out service in the field subsequent to January 1, 1979 for a period of no fewer than three days consecutively. Eligible exercises are those directed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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 white with no additional decoration.
Additional awards may be indicated by gold or silver “E” devices.