Sunday, January 18, 2009

How to get PA Support: A Memorandum from The California Air National Guard

To Whom It May Concern:


As a community-based organization, the California National Guard strives to support and participate in events throughout the state that benefit Californians and give them insight into their National Guard.   These events, such as parades, ceremonies and air shows are important to us, as they are to the groups and communities that sponsor them.


The California National Guard receives a large number of requests throughout the year supporting all areas of the state, and while every attempt is made to provide accommodation, it is not always possible to support each and every event. Support is based on availability of assets and mission requirements. 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).  These regulations exist to ensure that conflicts with civilian enterprise are avoided and National Guard personnel are not placed in inappropriate situations.


Thank for your interest of the California National Guard. In order to accommodate your request for support we ask for the following items at least 90 days in advance:


1.      The Army and Air Force have automated request systems. The links are on our Cal Guard website and in section 3 of this form. Event requestors must go to the respective websites that they wish to request from to begin the process for military support. After the approval letter is sent to you, send it to the California National Guard Public Affairs Office along with the DD Form 2535.

2.       The form must be filled out in its entirety, to include the FAA waiver section. To help you out, you can use this website to find your local FAA office:

3.   The sites below provide complete request procedures for military and non-military requestors, and are the sole locations to determine if a public event has been deemed eligible for aerial support.  An event eligible for support may not necessarily be supported, as flying units must carefully balance their real-world operations and training requirements with public affairs aviation event requests.  It is the responsibility of the requester to coordinate with an aviation unit.  You do not need approval to begin your coordination but you will need it before the unit can attend the event.

Events approved eligible for aerial support will appear on the following websites that you begin the approval process:



Air Force-  


Army Requests

Office of the Chief of Public Affairs

1500 Army Pentagon

Washington, DC 20310-1500


Air Force Requests

1690 AF Pentagon 

Washington, DC 20330-1690




Requests for Armed Forces Participation in Public Events (Non-Aviation) shall be submitted by DD Form 2536 at least 60-45 days in advance for Color/Honor Guards, Bands and Personnel or Military Equipment Static Display etc. to be turned into California National Guard Public Affairs Office.  


 Point of Contact for California National Guard Community Relations is COL Terry Knight, or Ms. Jessica Cooper. Both can be reached at telephone number 916-854-3304. Please send completed forms to the Public Affairs Office, Joint Forces Headquarters by fax to 916-854-3630.


If  the California National Guard is unable to support your event, you will be notified as soon as possible. Again, thank you for your interest in the California Army National Guard and we look forward to hearing from you.






Chief, Community Relation

(703) 695-6253

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