Non-aviation Department of Defense assets include military bands, color/honor guards, exhibits and speakers.
The Department of Defense is able to support broad based civic organizations or organizations whose primary purpose is to stimulate patriotism, promote public understanding of the necessity of national security, or foster public appreciation of our national heritage, and not promote the organization's private objectives. All events must be open to the entire community. The event must not promote the partisan, fraternal or commercial objectives of the organization itself.
Department of Defense regulations and policies require that participation in community events will be provided on a non-interference basis to the military mission at no additional cost to the U.S. Government. Therefore, the sponsor must bear the cost of lodging and meals for all participants and for other services which have been determined in advance and agreed to by the sponsor.
In order to request non-aviation assets, complete and sign a DD Form 2536 "Request for Armed Forces Participation in Public Events".
Submit the DD Form 2536 to your local State National Guard Public Affairs Office no more than 90 days and no less than 30 days in advance of the scheduled event. Complete and sign the form prior to submission.
New York Army National Guard Lt. Col. John Andonie, commander of the 1st Battalion, 69th Infantry leads his battalion up Fifth Avenue towards St. Patrick's Cathedral, March 17, in New York City during the city's Saint Patrick's Day celebration.