Ribbon Bars

A soldier's ribbon bar can immediately tell the history of his or her service. Awards are presented for valor as well as for honorable service in peacetime and in war. Medal ribbons can be awarded by either the federal or state government. The ribbons below were selected not because they highlight a story of extraordinary bravery, nor do they emphasize the combat history of the New York National Guard. Rather, the ribbons were selected to represent the service of all the men and women in the New York National Guard.



The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to any member of the armed forces of the United States who distinguished himself/herself by heroism, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service.


The American Defense Service Medal was awarded to personnel for active-duty service from September 8, 1939 to December 7, 1941 for a period of twelve months or longer. This included all members
of the New York National Guard federalized by President Roosevelt in 1940.


The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service for any period between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954; between January 1, 1961 and August 14, 1974; between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995; and since September 11, 2001.

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The New York State Conspicuous Service Medal is awarded to members of the National Guard who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service in a capacity of great responsibility while on active-duty status.


Awards for Long and Faithful Service are awarded to all New York National Guard personnel who have completed specified periods of honorable, satisfactory active service. An unadorned ribbon indicates five years of service. Additional five-year periods are indicated by silver- and gold-colored devices fastened to the ribbon.


The New York State Defense of Liberty Medal is a campaign medal that is awarded to members who performed homeland defense duty in any status in response to an order by the Governor since September 11, 2001.

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