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Community Relations supports the relationship between the WVNG and citizens of West Virginia. We have many resources suitable to community events. 

While every attempt is made to support Community Relations requests, it is not always possible to support every event due to training requirements, previous commitments, budget constraints, or mobilizations. Keep in mind that the West Virginia National Guard is primarily staffed by a part time force when not actively engaged with a federal or state mission or deployed.  All requests will be reviewed to ensure events are in accordance with National Guard Bureau Public Affairs Manual 360-5 (NGB PAM 360-5), Army Regulation 360-1 (AR 360-1) and Air Force Instruction 35-101 (AFI 35-101).

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MSCA - Military Support to Civil Authorities

Supports local events such as parades, fairs, festivals, guest speaking, disaster relief, youth programs, JROTC, state and federal events.

Click Here to learn more and request support.



R&R - Recruiting and Retention

Our famous Rock Wall, the Gaming Trailor, and numerous games, exhibits and activities are operated and scheduled through R&R.

For More information call R&R Operations at 304 561-6662 or email  ng.wv.wvarng.list.rr-ops@army.mil




PAO - Public Affairs 

Responsible for Army aviation aerial flyover requests and can facilitate media coverage, interview requests, social media partnerships, congressional inquiries and general requests.

Click Here to learn more and request support from PAO.



MA - Military Authority

A wide variety of community event support opportunities! From classes, vendor tables, activities, tours and community service, programs like Patriot Guardens, Jobs & Hope WV, Mountaineer ChalleNGe Academy, Future Leaders Program have a lot to offer.

Funeral Honors

WVNG Honor Guard and Funeral Services
Serves WVNG Service members, retirees and veterans. We can only support services within West Virginia state borders at this time.

WVNG Coordinator
Call or Text 304-545-4955


West Virginia Dep. of Veterans Assistance
WV Dept. of Vet Affairs Burial Benefits

Armory Rentals

Rent an Armory in Your Community! We provide versatile spaces all across the state for competitive rates.

CFMO Armory Rental Specialist  
mail  Stephen.c.chapman10.nfg@army.mil
mail  Wvarng.armory.rental.backup@gmail.com


Event Eligibility

  • Events must be open and advertised to the public
  • Guest speaker events *may* be private but must be vetted to ensure certain criteria
  • Flyovers must have a projected attendance of 5,000+ individuals
  • Birthdays are not considered public events. We can send certificates or other materials, but not military assets
  • Real-World events and emergencies take priority
  • Support may be canceled at any time and organizers will be notified at earliest possible convenience
  • A new DD 2535 request form must be submitted for every event, no matter the level of past support or current verbal confirmation. 
Precedence is placed on the 5 major patriotic holidays
Armed Forces Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Veterans Day

Restricted Events

  • Politically partisan event or event geared to an election
  • Laborious duties such as: ushers, escorts, construction, or other tasks that can be done through outside organizations or volunteers
  • Events with an admission fee, paid dues to attend, or are raising funds for any means
  • Requests that can be made to outside businesses such as: construction, transportation, etc.
If you have any questions or concerns about anything on this page, please call MSCA at 304-561-6633.

Program Coordinator
Andy Higginbotham
mail andrew.d.higginbotham.civ@army.mil 
C: 304-941-2075
O: 304-561-6633


mail ng.wv.wvarng.mbx.public-affairs@army.mil
1703 Coonskin Drive
Charleston, WV 25311

Public Affairs Director
Edwin "Bo" Wriston