Requesting the Governor’s Foot and Horse Guards
To request the Connecticut Governor's Foot and Horse Guards, event organizers should submit a completed DD Form 2536 (Request for Armed Forces Participation in Events) (PDF).
Requests should be submitted 60 days prior to the event. All members of the Governor’s Foot and Horse Guards are volunteers, and less than 60 days notice greatly reduces the chance that volunteer support will be available. Requests received 60 days or closer to the event generally are NOT considered.
The First and Second Companies of the Governor’s Foot Guard are historic state military organizations founded during the Revolutionary War era, and are comprised of a group of men and women volunteers, dedicating their time and services to the Governor and the citizens of the state of Connecticut. The First Company of the Governor’s Horse Guard, founded in Hartford in 1788, is the oldest continuously active mounted cavalry unit in the United States. The Second Company of the Governor’s Horse Guard was founded in 1808 in New Haven and would historically transport the Governor from New Haven to Middletown, where 1st GHG would take over and proceed to Hartford. Today the Governor’s Horse Guard takes part in emergency support and search and rescue missions for the state, as well as numerous community programs.
If you have other questions, or would like more information on military support of your community event, please call the Connecticut National Guard Directorate of Military Support at 860-493-2794.