NY National Guard awards

Army Lt. Col. Aaron Lefton, right, hands certificates to members of the New York National Guard recognizing their COVID-19 response efforts. (Spc. Elon Faison of Sterling is not pictured, and National Guard officials were unable to provide a photo of Faison.)

A National Guard service member from Sterling received special recognition from the New York Army National Guard for his COVID-19 response efforts, officials announced Friday.

Last week, Spc. Elon Faison was awarder a commander’s challenge coin for what the National Guard deemed “exemplary service” as part of a task force responding to the pandemic.

Normally assigned to the 133rd Composite Supply Company in Brooklyn, Faison has also supported coronavirus-related missions in New York.

Per officials, New York National Guard personnel have helped administer more than 802,000 COVID-19 tests and have assembled nearly 4.4 million test kits for distribution across the state.

Soldiers and Airmen have also begun assisting the state’s Department of Health in screening travelers entering through airports.

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