Major General Anthony P. German, the adjutant general of New York, announced award recognitions for members of the New York Army National Guard who participated in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support missions following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.
Staff Sgt. Leandro Santanaurena from West Haverstraw will receive the Humanitarian Service Award for service in Puerto Rico from October 1, 2017 to November 6, 2017. Santanaurena serves with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 104th Military Police Battalion of the New York Army National Guard.
“The support of our New York National Guard in the Caribbean following Hurricanes Irma and Maria was nothing short of exceptional, and our Soldiers are the reason for that success,” German said. “Our citizen soldiers are used to responding here at home, so the effort to move troops and equipment to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands presented unique challenges. The presentation of the Humanitarian Service Medal is a great reflection of our Soldiers’ commitment to serve others,” German said.
The National Guard Bureau provided guidance for awarding the Humanitarian Service Medal on March 29, 2018 for Soldiers who provided meritorious participation in operations of a humanitarian nature. More than 400 Army National Guard Soldiers will be eligible to receive the award.