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Military Support

 Rhode Island National Guard

Contact The Directorate of Military Support:

Joint Force Headquarters
645 New London Ave
Cranston, RI   02920 
SFC James Resendes
(401) 275-4139
james.r.resendes.mil@mail.mil


Support Information

There are a number of state and Federal restrictions on how we can support organizations and events, and our training and mission schedule must come first. By completely filling out and submitting DD Form 2535 or DD Form 2536 (as applicable) by the deadlines noted below, you greatly increase the chances that we will be able to assist you. Please keep in mind that if your event occurs during the workweek it could conflict with the full-time employment of our National Guard members, so certain events may be difficult for us to support.

If you'd like to request National Guard participation or support for your organization or special event, please read below for specific information on how and where to make your request. We've included information on the most common examples of support that we may be able to provide, if requested:

Specific Requests:

This list is not all inclusive -- there may be other activities we could support if requested. If you don't find the answers you need here, or you have other questions, please call the Rhode Island National Guard Directorate of Military Support at 401-275-4130


Forms Download

The Department of Defense forms we use to evaluate requests for support are available in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer, please click on the link below to download a free copy: Download Adobe Acrobat Reader

If you would like to download Department of Defense Form 2535 (Request for Military Aerial Support), click on the link below to open it or right-click on the link to save it to your computer:

If you would like to download Department of Defense Form 2536 (Request for Armed Forces Participation in Events), click on the link below to open it or right-click on the link to save it to your computer:


Many times, special event organizers call requesting volunteer assistance from National Guard soldiers or airmen. Members of the National Guard have a proud history of local community service, including participation in local parades, food drives, blood drives, and other events. The Rhode Island National Guard Directorate of Military Support staff receives all volunteer requests, reviews and validates their legal propriety, then puts out a call across the organization for volunteers. Volunteers are not provided in an "official" capacity. The National Guard, as a government institution, refrains from endorsing specific organizations or events that it does not officially sponsor. Instead, it is up to the individual Guard members to decide whether they volunteer their time. Event organizers should also be aware that military mission requirements may, on occasion, prevent our people from supporting off-base events. 

To request military volunteers from the National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed DD Form 2536.
Requests should be submitted 60-90 days prior to the event. Less than 60 days notice greatly reduces the chance that volunteer support will be available. Requests received 30 days or closer to the event generally are NOT considered.
Be sure to include the event's name and date, the sponsoring organization, and the name, telephone, and fax number of the point of contact for the event.

If you have other questions, or would like more information on military support of your community event, please call the Rhode Island National Guard Directorate of Military Support at 401-275-4130.




Requesting the 88th Army Band

The Rhode Island Army National Guard 88th Army Band Website may be found HERE.

Requests for band participation in your event can be made by completing and submitting DD Form 2536.

To ensure band availability and sufficient time to accommodate your request, please submit your requirements 3-12 months prior to the event.

For more information about Army Bands, including contact numbers and websites, go to http://www.bands.army.mil/default.asp


There is also a wealth of information on Air Force bands, along with downloadable samples of patriotic music and lyrics at http://www.af.mil/lib/music.html  

88th Army Band


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We typically can provide speakers for Veterans Day, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day public observances, but can also provide speakers for certain private engagements.

To request a speaker from the National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed and correctly-filled-out DD Form 2536. Please submit the request 30-60 days prior to the event. Less than 30 days notice greatly reduces the chance that volunteer support will be available.


Be sure to include the event's name and date, the sponsoring organization, and the name, telephone, and fax number of the point of contact for the event. In addition, organizations must certify that attendance and/or membership in the organization is not limited on the grounds of race, religion, creed, color, or ethnic background.


Requesting an Honor Guard
 
The Rhode Island Select Honor Guard websire may be found HERE.
 
The Honor Guard is a four-person formation of highly-polished military personnel in full service dress uniform. They act as a color guard, posting and retiring the flag and rendering to it the proper customs and courtesies. This time-honored traditional detail adds dignity and solemnity to any military-related activity while showing respect to our nation and those who have served it.

To request an honor guard from the Rhode Island National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed and correctly-filled-out DD Form 2536.

Please submit the request 60 days prior to the event. All members of our honor guard are volunteers, and less than 60 days notice greatly reduces the chance that volunteer support will be available. The Rhode Island National Guard Directorate of Military Support is also your point of contact for requesting an Honor Guard.

 


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Requesting a Bugler and/or Firing Squad
 
The Rhode Island National Guard Directorate of Military Support is also your point of contact for requesting buglers and firing squads.

A bugler and firing squad traditionally are used at the funeral of a military veteran to render honors to a deceased person who has served our country. Normally, a firing squad fires 3 volleys, and then a bugler plays taps. However, a bugler, or a bugler and firing squad, may also be appropriate for certain other memorial ceremonies. In order to be considered for a bugler or a bugler and firing squad, the ceremony must honor at least one military veteran.

To request a bugler or bugler and firing squad from the Rhode Island National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed and correctly-filled-out DD Form 2536. Please submit the request 60 days prior to the event. Our buglers and firing squads are provided to us by the Rhode Island Military Funeral Honors program, whose primary mission is to render honors at the funerals of veterans. Since funerals are their primary mission, less than 60 days notice greatly reduces the chance that support will be available.

Firing Squad



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Requesting the Guards of Thunder
 
The Guards of Thunder website may be seen HERE.
 
The Directorate of Military Support approves requests for the use of the Rhode Island National Guard's 75mm pack howitzer salute battery, known as The Guards of Thunder, for patriotic and ceremonial functions. The guns date to 1927, when the U. S. Army adopted the M-1 75mm Pack Howitzer. This small lightweight howitzer was used throughout WW II and could be disassembled into six major loads to be carried by the pack animals. The howitzer was first used in combat in 1942 in the Philippines and proved very successful. During the 1930s, the wood wheels were replaced with pneumatic tires and the vehicle modified to be carried by airborne units in gliders. Consequently, it was redesignated the M-8 75mm Pack Howitzer (airborne). The small howitzer proved efficient and reliable and was used by several non-airborne units using a jeep as the prime mover. The several types of ammunition used by the pack Howitzer included an anti-tank round. To request the Guards of Thunder from the Rhode Island National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed and correctly-filled-outDD Form 2536.

Please submit the request 60 days prior to the event. All members of The Guards of Thunder are volunteers, and less than 60 days notice greatly reduces the chance that volunteer support will be available. Also, we need sufficient time to secure ammunition for the guns.


 
Event organizers should be aware that static display requests are subject to a number of restrictions and can only be supported only when they do not impact operational mission accomplishment. Anyone requesting a static display vehicle or aircraft must submit a completed and correctly-filled-out DD Form 2536. The request should be submitted a minimum of 90 days prior to the event to be considered for support. Less than 90 days notice greatly reduces the chance that support will be available. Requests received 30 days or closer to the event will NOT be considered. Please ensure that you include which type or types of vehicles or aircraft you are requesting.


 
Rhode Island Army National Guard Recruiting is also available for static displays. We have available The Ocean State Wave, which is the Rhode Island Army National Guard’s Recruiting HMMWV, a rock climbing wall and several inflatable games such as a basketball toss and a football toss. All of these are fun for everyone as well as a great opportunity for people to talk with our recruiters and find out about opportunities available in the Rhode Island Army National Guard. The availability of recruiting displays is limited, so we ask that you submit your request no less than 30 days prior to the event.


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Requesting a Flyover
 
Requests for military aircraft to fly over your special event can be made through the Rhode Island National Guard Directorate of Military Support, the U.S. Air Force Aerial Events Support home page, or the U.S. Army Aerial Events homepage. A list of DoD-approved events may be found on either site. Some events may be approved at the local level. Event organizers should be aware that military aircraft flyover requests are subject to a number of restrictions and are supported only where they do not impact operational mission accomplishment. Anyone requesting a military aircraft flyover must submit a completed and correctly-filled-out DD Form 2535 to the Directorate of Military Support a minimum of 90 days prior to the event to be considered for support. Less than 90 days notice greatly reduces the chance that support will be available. Requests received 30 days or closer to the event will not be considered. To request a flyover from the Rhode Island National Guard, event organizers should submit a completed and correctly-filled-out DD Form 2535.


 
              Request a fly over   


As an integral part of the communities in which they are located, National Guard units have a long tradition of providing support to certain civic and community-based organizations. In the past, under community relations guidance found in NGB PAM 360-5, DODI 5410-18, and DODI 5410-19, this support included the loan (without fee) of limited non-excess items such as generators, water trailers, flood lights, tents, cots, armory facilities, etc., for short periods of time to activities sponsored by such organizations.

With the passage of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act (Public Law 105-85, Section 1061(a), amended 10 USC 2667), equipment and material, must now be leased at fair market value, rather than loaned on a non-reimbursable basis. This law applies to state and local governments and to civic and community-based organizations - including those that traditionally have received no-fee support or services from the National Guard, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Police Athletic League, YMCA, Civil Air Patrol, etc.

If an item is temporarily loaned to a federal activity (DoD or other executive agency), the item is loaned without fee. Any loan or lease of Rhode Island National Guard facilities or equipment must be reviewed by the U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer for Rhode Island as well as the Directorate of Military Support.

It is possible that the current restrictions on the loan or lease of facilities and equipment may be eased in the future, so we urge you to call us for the latest information. To discuss your request for facility or equipment support, please call the Rhode Island National Guard Directorate of Military Support at 401-275-4130. 


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