FORT HAMILTON - More than 100 Fort Hamilton employees were honored Monday for their efforts during and after Hurricane Sandy.

Recipients of the Humanitarian Service Medal were awarded for natural disaster relief, evacuations and victim support. Civilian workers turned the Army base into a 24-hour emergency operation in the midst of the historic storm.

"Fort Hamilton is the only military installation in the metropolitan area, so in the event of a crisis - national crisis - in order for the military to be able to coordinate their work, they need a staging ground," says medal recipient Frances Mitchell.

Medal winners say their awards are that much more special since civilians who support the military rarely get noticed for their work.

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