249th Army Band, WVARNG. photo by Edwin Wriston

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Military Support to Civil Authorities

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).

Citizens and community organizations can request military support for their local event.
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Static Displays

 

 Static Displays

There are two types of static display: Aviation and Non-Aviation.
Non-Aviation:
Includes vehicle, table displays, videos and historic memorabilia.

PLEASE NOTE: These requests require NO LESS THAN 30-day lead time in order to facilitate the required approvals

  Secure a display for your event:

Click Here to Download Form DD2536

Aviation:
Includes grounded helicopters and airplanes.
PLEASE NOTE: These requests require NO LESS THAN 45-day lead time in order to facilitate the required approvals
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Secure a display for your event:
  • Determine event and request eligibility
  • Complete a DD 2535 form
  • NOTE: you do not need FAA approval on page 2 for a static display
  • Fully substantiate how your event and the WVNG would benefit from a static display
  Army Guard assets: UH-60 and UH-72 helicopters
  Air Guard assets: C-130 and C-17 planes

 

Click Here to Download Form DD2535

 

 

 
 

Parades, Color Guard, 249th Army Band

249th Army Band

A variety of musical resources are available from large ceremonial bands to smaller ensembles to marching bands.
Musical support includes, but is not limited to, parades, concerts, choral presentations, patriotic openers or presentations, and other events where a band or band detachment or component performs.

Parades

Parade support can include anything from a marching band to military vehicles to a Grand Marshall.

Color Guard

The WVNG Joint Color Guard may support a wide variety of events and ceremonies. 

Mini C130

This small version of out 130th AW C130 is a fun addition to many events.

Secure Support for your event:

Click Here to Download Form DD2536

 
 

Guest Speakers

   
Invite a WVNG military or civilian Senior Leader, subject matter expert, recruiter, program specialist, historian, Soldier or Airman to you next event as a Key Note Speaker, guest and more. 

 

Public school educators can request for a military service member to visit your school or classroom as a guest speaker through the West Virginia Dept. of Education's Common Ground program.
Click Here to visit Common Ground and submit a request. 

Secure a Guest Speaker for your event:

Click Here to Download Form DD2536

CONTACT
MILITARY SUPPORT TO CIVIL AUTHOURITIES

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

JFHQ PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE

mail ng.wv.wvarng.mbx.public-affairs@army.mil
1703 Coonskin Drive
Charleston, WV 25311
304-561-6689

Public Affairs Director
Edwin "Bo" Wriston
Edwin.l.wriston.civ@army.mil

GUIDELINES

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
POW/MIA 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.

AVILABILITY

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).

ABOUT

The West Virginia National Guard is deeply woven into the fabric of the Mountain State through Military Support to Civil Authorities. The WVNG’s commitment to community service shines brightly with support for local events such as fairs, festivals, guest speaking, disaster relief, youth programs, reserve officer training corps, and state and federal events.

Color Guards, military vehicles and the 249th Army Band are familiar sights at parades and festivals, their crisp uniforms and synchronized movements add a touch of ceremony and pride. The 249th Army Band fills the air with lively marches and patriotic tunes, setting the mood for celebration and community spirit.

MSCA provides support to the community and schools through guest speaking on national holidays such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day. WVNG members are often invited to speak at schools and community events, sharing their personal experiences and insights on military service and patriotism.

MSCA provides support in many youth programs. WVNG members often mentor youths through Junior ROTC programs and other initiatives, fostering leadership skills, discipline, and a sense of civic duty.The West Virginia National Guard’s dedication to community service goes beyond just duty. It’s about being good neighbors, building relationships, and making the Mountain State a better place for everyone. Our presence at local events, willingness to share their knowledge and helping hands in times of need are all testaments to WVNG’s unwavering commitment to the communities it serves.