Asset Requests

The Army has many resources suitable for community events. To request Army resources, the Public Affairs Officer at the Army command or installation nearest the event can assist in determining the availability of support.

Resources include, but are not limited to:

  • Bands
  • Marching Units/Drill Teams
  • Color Guards
  • Parachute Teams
  • Demonstrations
  • Honor Guards
  • Guest Speakers
  • Static Displays (including vehicles and aircraft with Soldiers)

Some requests that cannot be accommodated:

  • Fundraising events
  • Support for or during sectarian events or on church property when related to a religious activity
  • Events that charge an entry fee or are closed to the public
  • Events detrimental to the interests or values of the Armed Forces
  • Events that directly or indirectly endorse, selectively benefit, or favor any private individual, sect, fraternal organization, political group, commercial venture, or is associated with solicitation of votes in a political election
  • Army participation and support that "interferes with the customary or regular employment of local civilians in their act, trade, or profession," per Title 10, US Code
  • Events that restrict admission, seating and other accommodations or facilities with regard to race, creed, sex, or national origin

Aerial Requests

Aerial demonstrations and flyovers, to include helicopter static displays at civilian air shows and local events and Army Parachute Demonstration Teams, such as the Silver Wings (Ft. Benning), Black Daggers (Ft. Bragg), and Screaming Eagles (Ft. Campbell), are available on a limited local basis and should be requested through their command Public Affairs office.

The public display of Army aviation units and assets contributes to Army recruitment, public engagement, and the demonstration of national pride. All requests for aerial support will use Department of Defense Form 2535, Request for Military Aerial Support. Please read all of the instructions on this form and send your requests directly to the closest Army Command public affairs offices no later than 60 days prior to your event. The Department of Defense Instruction 5410.19 (Public Affairs Community Relations Policy Implementation) defines a flyover as a "straight and level flight, usually limited to one pass, by no more than four military aircraft of the same type from the same Military Service over a predetermined point on the ground at a specific time and not involving aerobatics or demonstrations." For Army flyovers in support of public affairs missions, the following constraints apply and may not be waived:

  • The event or observance must be of sufficient size and significance (5,000 spectators or greater) to justify the use of Army aircraft and resources;
  • Event sponsors must agree to formally recognize the unit and individual crewmembers supporting the event or observance during the event or observance;
  • Units will conduct flyovers during daylight hours only; and
  • Units will not attach or suspend flags, banners, streamers, or external loads from Army aircraft during the flyover mission.

For further guidance, please see 7 Steps to Getting Army Aviation Support for Your Event.

Non-Aerial Requests

Ceremonial Units outside the National Capital Region

For color guard, band, marching unit, non-aerial static display and/or speaker support outside the National Capital Region, sponsors can make their request (letter and DD 2536) through their local Army installation, Army National Guard, Army Recruiting Station or Army Reserve Center.

To request local support, complete a DD Form 2536 - Request for Armed Forces Participation in Public Events and indicate the type of support requested. Submit the form to the nearest Army Public Affairs Office no less than 60 days prior to the scheduled event.

Contrary to the instructions on the reverse of the DD Form 2536, do not send the request to the Pentagon. Sponsors should make requests (letter and completed DD Form 2536) directly to their local Army installations, Army National Guard Armories, Army Recruiting Stations or Army Reserve Centers.

If requesting a musical unit, only one service band or chorus may perform at an event. To learn more about Army Bands or to request a band visit the Army Bands site.

For further guidance, please see 7 Steps to Getting Army Soldier Support for Your Event.

Speakers

The Public Affairs Office nearest the event can assist in providing local Army speakers. The Army's Office of the Chief Public Affairs can assist in obtaining a General Officer to address Army matters at public forums.

To request a local speaker, contact the Public Affairs Office closest to the event. To request a General Officer speaker, a lead time of at least 90 days is highly encouraged; the request must be made to:

Office of the Chief of Public Affairs
ATTN: Community Relations Division/Speaker Request
1500 Army Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20310-1500

U.S. Army Field Band

The U.S. Army Field Band is the Army's official touring musical organization. The Army Field Band conducts three major tours annually. Components include the Concert Band, Soldiers' Chorus, Jazz Ambassadors, and The Volunteers. Requests for support can be submitted in writing on organizational letterhead stationery to the below address; by electronic mail to the below email address; or on a DD Form 2536 faxed or emailed to:

U.S. Army Field Band
ATTN: Tour Director
4214 Field Band Drive
Fort Meade, MD 20755-5330
(301) 677-6586
FAX: (301) 677-6533
Email: USArmyFieldBand@mail.mil
www.armyfieldband.com

Ceremonial Units

The U.S. Army Military District of Washington has several premier ceremonial units that include the U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own," and the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment's (The Old Guard) Fife and Drum Corps and U.S. Army Drill Team. The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" provides musical support for the leadership of the United States, to include all branches of government, and to a wide spectrum of national and international events in support of Soldiers and their Families, public diplomacy, community and international relations, recruiting initiatives, and music education programs. In addition to The U.S. Army Ceremonial Band rendering honors at Arlington National Cemetery daily, "Pershing's Own" has another nine official musical ensembles: Concert Band, Army Chorus, Army Blues (jazz), Herald Trumpets, Army Strings, Downrange (pop/rock); Woodwind Quintet; Brass Quintet, and Army Voices. Also, these active-duty Soldier musicians perform in small combos and form a combined ensemble, The U.S. Army Orchestra. A full community concert schedule can be found at http://www.usarmyband.com/event-calendar.html.

Requestors must submit a request for support on organization letterhead and a DD Form 2536. Requests must contain:

  • Name of requestor (organization)
  • Element requested
  • Event date
  • Event location
  • Point of contact

Requests should be submitted a minimum of 60 days before an event, although a greater lead time is desirable. The review process can take four or more weeks.

Federal agencies should complete the DD Form 2536 and fax with a cover letter on organizational letterhead to:

U.S. Army Military District of Washington
ATTN: Ceremonial and Special Events Office
103 Third Ave (Bldg 42)
Fort McNair, D.C. 20319-5058
(202) 685-2509/0445
FAX: (202) 685-3379

Non-federal organizations should contact:

U.S. Army Military District of Washington
ATTN: Community Relations Branch
210 A Street, Suite 200 (Bldg 32)
Fort McNair, Washington DC 20319-5058
(202) 685-4990/1072
FAX: (202) 685-1999

National Capital Region-Ceremonies, Special and Community Outreach

Events

Many Army-sponsored ceremonies, special and community outreach events occur in the National Capital Region (NCR). The Twilight Tattoo, which is a colorful military sunset parade, is one of the more popular events. The event is performed by The Old Guard and Pershing's Own, and features the Army Drill Team, Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, Army Blues, Downrange and Army Voices. Soldiers in period uniforms bring American history to life recalling where America's Army has been, where it is today, and where it is going. This event, which is free and open to the public, is performed Wednesdays at 7 pm, starting in May on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. To verify the schedule, please visit http://twilight.mdw.army.mil/: call (202) 685-2888, or email the U.S. Army Military District of Washington at usarmy.mcnair.mdw.mbx.jfhq-ncr-pao-web-events-omb@mail.mil.

For information about NCR ceremonies and events, call the community relations team in the U.S. Army Military District of Washington's Public Affairs Office at (202)685-4990/0445 or the Congressional Inquiry Division, Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison at (703) 697-8381.

U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade

The U.S. Army Accessions Support Brigade (USAASB) is a direct reporting unit to the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. They fall under the operational control of the Army Marketing and Research Group.

The USAASB provides a single headquarters for the U.S. Army Parachute Team, the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, and the U.S. Army Mission Support Battalion that connect America's people with America's Army and showcase the Army's accessions mission. Visit for more information.

The U.S. Army Golden Knights are considered for events open to the public such as air shows, sporting events, fairs, and other outdoor events that help connect the public with America's Army and enhance the U.S. Army's marketing and engagement efforts. Appearances on Army installations are only approved in support of official "open House" programs. All Sponsors, military and civilian must provide vehicles, hotel rooms and a daily show fee. The show fee must be received 60 days before the event or it will be cancelled. Contact the Golden Knights for the current year's support manual which includes the most up-to-date information on support requirements and current show fee. The Golden Knights show schedule is released in mid-January approximately 30 days after the International Council of Air Shows (ICAS) convention. After the official schedule is released, the Golden Knights consider additional performances if the event is requested at least 60 days prior to the event and there is a team available. In the event of cancellation, previously submitted requests are automatically considered.

Contact: U.S. Army Parachute Team (Golden Knights)
ATTN: Show Scheduler
P.O. Box 70126
Fort Bragg, NC 28310-5000
FAX: (910) 907-3025
Email: usarmy.knox.hqda.list.apt.show@mail.mil

The U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit competes in national and international shooting competitions that demonstrate the U.S. Army's prowess and associate our Army and our Nation with excellence. The unit's Olympians, World, National, and Inter-service champions are available as guest speakers. The unit also provides demonstration teams and conducts marksmanship clinics for junior, collegiate, and civilian shooting teams. Mobile Training Teams tailored to a commander's marksmanship needs are available upon request.

Submit requests to:

U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit
ATTN: USAMU LNO
7031 Bills Street, Building 243
Fort Benning, GA 31905-5810
(706) 545-6677 or (706) 545-7174
http://www.usaac.army.mil/amu/

The U.S. Army Mission Support Battalion supports local recruiters using the Enterprise Marketing Management System. The unit provides traveling systems from the Army Adventure tractor-trailers with interactive gaming and mobile displays; semis with interactive systems that can be configured to provide classroom style instruction or hands-on experience; an Extreme Truck with a mobile multimedia package, sound system and video games; Army Adventure Trailers with mock weapons using laser light targeting and gaming systems; Army's Orange County Chopper; and an Army Medical Mobile Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter that houses a complete surgical unit. Each asset is decorated with graphics and text, and provides a multisensory experience promoting the Army. More information can be found at http://www.usarec.army.mil/msbn/.

Mission Statement


Connecting you with your Army

The Community Relations & Outreach Division coordinates Army community outreach nationwide by connecting Army Senior Leaders with communities and developing relationships with organizations, businesses, sports teams and individuals who support Soldiers, Families and Veterans.