The New York National Guard Military Commendation Medal Ribbon honors New York National Guard Members who demonstrate heroism or otherwise exceptional service of a lesser nature than what would warrant the Medal for Meritorious Service but which nonetheless distinguishes recipients from their peers.
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 blue and in the shape of a shield with the outline of New York state in the center in yellow and text reading “MILITARY” on the upper portion and “COMMENDATION” on the lower portion. The ribbon features a dark blue central section flanked on either side by a yellow stripe.