Community Relations

Request for Military Support

Thank you for visiting the Military Support Operations web page. A function of this page is to educate requestors, and receive, evaluate legality, determine supportability and coordinate support efforts requiring Maryland National Guard assets. There are a number of state and Federal restrictions on how we can support organizations and events, and our training and mission schedule must come first. By completely filling out and submitting DD Form 2535 or DD Form 2536​ (as applicable) by the deadlines noted below, you greatly increase the chances that we will be able to assist you.

In an effort to increase public awareness of the Maryland National Guard and to improve community relations, all efforts will be made to support all legal requests for assistance, however explicit regulatory guidance specifies the type and timing of the support that we may provide. Please keep in mind that if your event occurs during the work-week it could conflict with the full-time employment of our National Guard members, so certain events may be difficult for us to support.

Instructions on requesting assistance and a brief description of what procedures will occur upon receipt of each request are explained in the Instructions below or call the Maryland Joint Staff at 410 702-9027.

Instructions for Requesting Military Support

Please keep in mind that the Maryland National Guard is a part-time force training and serving our nation and state in a time of war. In order to support an event, requests must be submitted up to 90-days prior to the date of your event. We try to fulfill as many of these requests as possible; however, operational commitments take priority and may supersede a request with little advance notice. All requests for assistance must be submitted on the proper Department of Defense form, which you will find below.

If you’d like to request Maryland National Guard participation or support for your organization or special event, please read below for specific information on how and when to make your request. We’ve included information on the most common examples of support that we​ may be able to provide, if requested:

National Guard Volunteers and Marching Units: (60 to 90-day advanced notice)

The Maryland Army National Guard’s Army Band: (12 months in advance, the Band plans their schedule out a year in advance)

Maryland National Guard Aircraft Flyover: (90-day advanced notice)

Honor Guard or Color Guard support: (60-day advanced notice)

Recruiting/Static Displays: (90-day advanced notice)

Requesting National Guard Volunteers

 

​Many times, special event organizers call requesting volunteer assistance from National Guard Soldiers or airmen. Members of the National Guard have a proud history of local community service, including participation in local parades, food drives, blood drives, and other events. The Maryland National Guard staff receives all volunteer requests, reviews and validates their legal propriety, then puts out a call across the organization for volunteers. Volunteers are not provided in an “official” capacity. The National Guard, as a government institution, refrains from endorsing specific organizations or events that it does not officially sponsor. Instead, it is up to the individual Guard members to decide whether they volunteer their time. Event organizers should also be aware that military mission requirements may, on occasion, prevent our people from supporting events. If the event is on a “drill” weekend and it does not conflict with training, it greatly enhances the availability of a unit supporting the request.

To request military volunteers from the National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed DD Form 2536. Requests should be submitted 60-90 days prior to the event. Less than 60 days notice greatly reduces the chance that volunteer support will be available. Requests received 30 days or closer to the event generally are NOT considered.

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.

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 http://www.bands.army.mil/default.asp

There is also a wealth of information on Air Force bands, along with downloadable samples of patriotic music and lyrics at http://www.bands.af.mil/


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, (www.airshows.pa.hq.af.mil). 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, scanned 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: monique.g.gorham.mil@mail.mil


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 60 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 45 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 monique.g.gorham.mil@mail.mil. The Department of Defense forms we use to evaluate requests for support are available in Adobe PDF format.

DD Form 2535 (PDF)
DD Form 2536 (PDF)

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 (monique.g.gorham.mil@mail.mil), it is logged for tracking purposes. It is important that your request is in our office no later the aforementioned days (30-90 days) before your event.

You will receive a phone call or an email of the receipt of your request. A cursory review of your request by the Director of the Joint Staff before being forwarded for legal review by (1) the Judge Advocate General (2) the U.S. Property and Fiscal Accounting Office, (3) and finally the adjutant general of Maryland.

If your request is deemed not authorized by military regulations or non-supportable at this point, you will be notified by telephone.

After being classified, as a request that we may legally support your request will be forwarded to a National Guard unit that possess the asset(s) you are requesting, for consideration. (NOTE: Even though a request is deemed legal, support is still dependent upon the availability of supporting personnel/equipment and may not conflict with regularly scheduled training or missions.)

Once the unit has advised the Director of the Joint Staff (or his representative) of acceptance and ability to execute the mission, you will be contacted directly by the unit supporting your request.  From this point on you are authorized to conduct direct communication with that unit.

Upon completion of your event, please send an e-mail or letter addressing any comments or concerns reference the handling and support of your request, to the email listed above.

Thank you for taking the time to consider the Maryland National Guard to be a part of your event.

If you still have questions about any part of the process, please contact us at:

Joint Force Headquarters - Maryland
Camp Fretterd Military Reservation
5405 Rue Saint Lo Drive,
Reisterstown, Maryland 21136
Commercial Telephone: (410) 702-9059