Community Relations

Request for Military Support

The Maryland National Guard is a community-based organization. The following information is provided to assist you with requesting support, based on the timelines below, for future community support requirements.

MDNG community relations only accepts typed forms emailed to:

Within 1 week of receipt of the email request, you will be sent a letter confirming that your request has been recieved.

Within 2 weeks, we will confirm support or the non-availability to support of the request.

Requesting the Maryland Army Band


​Requests for band participation in your event can be made by completing and submittingDD Form 2536. To ensure band availability and sufficient time to accommodate your request, please submit your requirements 12 months prior to the event. The Maryland Army Band plans their calendar a year in advance.

For more information about Army Bands, including contact numbers and websites, go to

There is also a wealth of information on Air Force bands, along with downloadable samples of patriotic music and lyrics at

Requests for Aerial Support*


​Requests for aviation support, which include anything using aircraft (i.e. fly-over, static display of aircraft) must be made with the REQUEST FOR MILITARY AERIAL SUPPORT (DD Form 2535). Event organizers should be aware that military aircraft flyover requests are subject to a number of restrictions and are supported only where they do not impact operational mission accomplishment. Less than 90 days notice greatly reduces the chance that support will be available. Requests received 30 days or closer to the event will not be considered.

The adjutant general of Maryland is the approval authority for flyovers in observance of ceremonies on or within seven (7) days of the following five (5) patriotic holidays:

  • Armed Forces Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • MIA/POW Day
  • Veteran’s Day

Flyovers for these holidays must be for a ceremony occurring within seven days of said holiday AND the event being supported must have, as an integral part of the activity, a ceremony recognizing the individuals or event being honored by the holiday.

For Aerial Support requests other than in observance of patriotic holidays, an exception to policy request must be obtained from either the U.S Air Force or U.S. Army Public Affairs office in Washington D.C. Authorization by the either of these offices, does not confirm the support will be provided, only that it has been granted an exception to policy and military support to the event is authorized. Execution is still dependent on the ability and availability of the Maryland National Guard unit possessing the aircraft.

When requesting an exception to policy for U.S. Air Force aircraft go to the website, ( This website will take you through the steps and questions that will generate the DD Form 2535. This generates an unsigned DD Form 2535 and begins the process to get your event approved by the Air Force. Requestor still needs to have all appropriate signatures on form, than they can coordinate* the request with the State of Maryland DoD Public Affairs Office to get FAA approval and submit final DD Form 2535 to Air Force.

If requesting U.S. Army aircraft, such as helicopters, theDD Form 2535 is to be signed and emailed to State of Maryland Joint Staff Office. The event and availability of the helicopters will be evaluated by the Maryland National Guard. If event is approved and the aircraft are available “at no additional cost to the government”, requestor will receive support from Public Affairs office in getting FAA approval and submit final DD Form 2535 to the National Guard Bureau for final approval.

Please send the request to the point of contact below:

Honor Guard or Color Guard Requests (Funeral Honors)


​The Honor Guard is a four-person formation of highly-polished military personnel in full service dress uniform. They act as a color guard, posting and retiring the flag and rendering to it the proper customs and courtesies. This time-honored traditional detail adds dignity and solemnity to any military-related activity while showing respect to our nation and those who have served it.

To request an honor guard from the Maryland National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed and correctly-filled-outDD Form 2536. Please submit the request 90 days prior to the event.

Requesting a National Guard Speaker


We typically can provide speakers for Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day public observances, but can also provide speakers for certain private engagements.

To request a speaker from the National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed and correctly-filled-outDD Form 2536. Please submit the request 90 days prior to the event. Less than 30 days’ notice greatly reduces the chance that volunteer support will be available.

Be sure to include the event’s name and date, the sponsoring organization, and the name, telephone of the point of contact for the event. 

In addition, organizations must certify that attendance and/or membership in the organization is not limited on the grounds of race, religion, creed, color, or ethnic background.

Requesting an Army or Air National Guard Static Display


​Event organizers should be aware that static display requests are subject to a number of restrictions and can only be supported only when they do not impact operational mission accomplishment. Anyone requesting a static display vehicle or aircraft must submit a completed and correctly-filled-outDD Form 2536. The request should be submitted a minimum of 90 days prior to the event to be considered for support. Less than 90 days’ notice greatly reduces the chance that support will be available. Requests received 30 days or closer to the event will NOT be considered. Please ensure that you include which type or types of vehicles or aircraft you are requesting.

Requesting a National Guard Recruiting Display


​Maryland Army National Guard Recruiting is also available for static displays.  All of these are fun for everyone as well as a great opportunity for people to talk with our recruiters and find out about opportunities available in the Maryland Army National Guard. The availability of recruiting displays is limited, so we ask that you submit your request no less than 90 days prior to the event.​

​Forms Download
If you are requesting any of the above military services or support, please print out, sign and email one of the following forms listed below to The Department of Defense forms we use to evaluate requests for support are available in Adobe PDF format.

DD Form 2535 (PDF) - Aerial

The Request for Military Support Review/Approval Process
Once the written request and accompanying DD Form 2535 or DD Form 2536 are received by email (​), it is logged for tracking purposes. It is important that your request is in our office no later the aforementioned days (90 days) before your event.

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