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We invite you to request support from our military bands, color guards/joint color guards, and drill teams to take part in public events. Requests for static displays and military equipment will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Most ceremonial support is patriotic in nature and may include a color guard and/or a band. Typically, this type of support consists of 15 to 20 minutes of patriotic music prior to the start of your event and is designed to establish a patriotic mood or tone that initiates the formal portion of a civic, military, or governmental event.

Participation in public programs will be allowed when the support is in the best interest of the Department of Defense, the Military Services, and does not interfere with mission or training programs. This means that if an event is approved and a military operation arises, the support previously approved may be cancelled to support that operation.

For the National Capital Region (NCR) in the Washington, D.C. area, the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (USAMDW) facilitates requests for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard elements. USAMDW approval and tasking authority is exercised according to governing regulations and practices.

How to Submit a Request for Ceremonial & Musical Support

1. Complete a request form:  DD2536, Armed Forces Participation in Public Events - Ceremonial Support (Non-Aviation)

2. Submit the DD Form 2536 to the Special Events E-mail (usarmy.mcnair.mdw.mbx.jtfncr-special-events-request@army.mil).