LATHAM — Major General Anthony P. German, the Adjutant General of New York, announced the recent 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.

Receiving the Humanitarian Service Award were:

Sgt. Michael Butler from Honeoye. Butler served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 29 to Nov. 27, 2017 and serves with Company C, 1-171st Aviation Regiment of the New York Army National Guard.

Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Hall from Hornell. Hall served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 29 to Nov. 3, 2017 and serves with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3-142nd Aviation Battalion of the New York Army National Guard.

Spc. Donald Cobb from Cohocton. Cobb served in the U.S. Virgin Islands from Oct. 25 to Nov. 17, 2017 and serves with the 105th Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Spc. Joseph Hoberg from Belfast. Hoberg served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16, 2017 and serves with the 152nd Engineer Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Spc. Shawn Oneill from Cuba. Oneill served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16, 2017 and serves with the 152nd Engineer Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Cpl. Nicholas Thomas from Bath. Thomas served in the U.S. Virgin Islands from Oct. 26-23, 2017 and serves with the 222nd Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Spc. Michael Digaetano from Conesus. Digaetano served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16, 2017 and serves with the 222nd Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Sgt. Richard Rochester from Dundee. Rochester served in the U.S. Virgin Islands from Oct. 25 to Nov. 17, 2017 and serves with the 222nd Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Sgt. Brian Frail from Henrietta. Frail served in the U.S. Virgin Islands from Oct. 26 to Nov. 17, 2017 and serves with the 222nd Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Spc. Trevor Purscell from Nunda. Purscell served in the U.S. Virgin Islands from Oct. 26 to Nov. 17, 2017 and serves with the 222nd Military Police Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Spc. Ryan Hall from Beaver Dams. Hall served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 18 to Nov. 16, 2017 and serves with the 827th Engineer Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Sgt. Nicholas Young from Canisteo. Young served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16, 2017 and serves with the 827th Engineer Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Spc. Thomas Lyon from Beaver Dams. Lyon served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16, 2017 and serves with the 827th Engineer Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Spc. Dakota Mckie from Cameron. Mckie served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 19 to Nov. 16, 2017 and serves with the 827th Engineer Company of the New York Army National Guard.

Sgt. Thomas Brown from Hornell. Brown served in Puerto Rico from Oct. 19 to November 24 and serves with the 827th Engineer Company 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 Department of Defense approved the Humanitarian Service Medal on March 29, 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. Presentations will be made at the unit level at a future date.

The New York National Guard (New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs) is the state's executive agency responsible to the Governor for managing New York's Military Forces, which consists of nearly 20,000 members of the New York Army National Guard, the New York Air National Guard, the New York Naval Militia and the New York Guard.