Community Relations

Through an active community support program, the Maryland National Guard strives to demonstrate that it is a good neighbor and community partner. The Guard and its Soldiers and Airmen are extensively involved in local community organizations and often participate in, or support, the events they sponsor. Numerous State and Federal statutes, however, restrict the ways in which we can support organizations and events.

Requesters must recognize that real-world contingencies and training requirements take precedence over public events. While we work diligently to de-conflict such issues, the possibility exists that approved support requests may be have to be withdrawn even at the last moment. In such cases, we shall provide as much advance notice as possible.

The Maryland National Guard typically provides support for Veterans Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, Public Observances, Parades and many other types of events. Individual citizens, community organizations and other Military entities can also request Maryland National Guard participation.

No Cost to Government
Department of Defense Policies requires that Armed Forces participation in public events will be provided at no additional cost to the Government. The sponsor is required to pay, when necessary, the standard military services allowances for quarters and meals for all Armed Forces participants, as well as for other services which have been determined in advance and agreed to by the sponsor prior to the event.

Non-Aviation Requests
All requests for non-aviation support such as, Guest Speaker, Military Vehicles, Marching Unit, Band or Honor Guard should be submitted on a Department of Defense DD Form 2536, DTD October 2010.

Aviation Requests
All requests for aviation support, whether a flyover or static display will be submitted on a Department of Defense DD Form 2535, DTD October 2010.

Submitting Your Request

​​          ​- Requests should be submitted at least 90 days before the start of your event.
          ​ - ​All requests received less than 90 days before the start of your event will have greatly reduced chance of being supported due to a lack of asset availability.
​          Requests received with less than a 30 day notice will NOT be considered.
​          ​- Request processing/review time can take a minimum of 14-21 days.
             - ​DO NOT, submit either form (DD 2535 or DD 2536) to the address on the back of the form (Pentagon) as this is incorrect and your request will not be received or processed.

Requests should be submitted to:
Military Support to Civil Authorities
5405 Rue Saint Lo Drive
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136-4540
Phone: 410-702-9066
Fax: 410-702-9060