Community Engagement

The Washington National Guard welcomes the opportunity to connect our communities with the mission and capabilities of their Washington Army and Air National Guard. We are pleased to offer the following resources for request. If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Siemandel (joseph.f.siemandel.mil@mail.mil) or at 253-512-8989.

Resources include, but are not limited to:
•       133d Army National Guard Band
•       Color Guards
•       Honor Guards
•       Guest Speakers
•       Static Displays (including vehicles and aircraft with Soldiers)


We appreciate all requests, unfortunately not all requests can be accommodated. 

Some requests that cannot be accommodated:
•       Fundraising events
•       Support for or during sectarian events or on church property when related to a religious activity
•       Events that charge an entry fee or are closed to the public
•       Events detrimental to the interests or values of the Armed Forces
•       Events that directly or indirectly endorse, selectively benefit, or favor any private individual, sect, fraternal organization, political group, commercial venture, or is associated with solicitation of votes in a political election
•       Army participation and support that "interferes with the customary or regular employment of local civilians in their act, trade, or profession," per Title 10, US Code
•       Events that restrict admission, seating and other accommodations or facilities with regard to race, creed, sex, or national origin

If you would like to request the Washington Military Department to assist in a public event, please download form here

NOTE: DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF REQUESTS, PLEASE SUBMIT FORM 90 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT DATE TO ENSURE PROPER PROCESSING AND TASKING.


Aerial Requests

In order to request an aircraft flyover, aircraft static display or a parachute demonstration, you must thoroughly complete a DD Form 2535. You must have the form:

•       Completed and signed by the sponsoring organization
•       Certified (and signed) by the event site owner
•       Approved by the local Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)
•       Submit the form per the instructions below

Requests should be completed, signed, approved by the FAA and submitted per the instructions below at least 90 days and no later than 30 days in advance of the event. Incomplete forms and requests will not be considered. The Air Force and Army determine whether the event is eligible for support.

Aerial demonstrations and flyovers, to include helicopter static displays at civilian air shows and local events are available on a limited local basis and should be requested through the Washington National Guard Public Affairs office, in coordination with the State Aviation Office.

The public display of aviation units and assets contributes to recruitment, public engagement, and the demonstration of national pride.

All requests for aerial support will use Department of Defense Form 2535, Request for Military Aerial Support.

Please read all of the instructions on this form and send your requests directly to the Washington National Guard’s public affairs office no later than 90 days prior to your event. The Department of Defense Instruction 5410.19 (Public Affairs Community Relations Policy Implementation) defines a flyover as a "straight and level flight, usually limited to one pass, by no more than four military aircraft of the same type from the same Military Service over a predetermined point on the ground at a specific time and not involving aerobatics or demonstrations."

For Army flyovers in support of public affairs missions, the following constraints apply and may not be waived:
•       The event or observance must be of sufficient size and significance (5,000 spectators or greater) to justify the use of Army aircraft and resources;
•       Event sponsors must agree to formally recognize the unit and individual crewmembers supporting the event or observance during the event or observance;
•       Units will conduct flyovers during daylight hours only; and
•       Units will not attach or suspend flags, banners, streamers, or external loads from Army aircraft during the flyover mission.

If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Siemandel (joseph.f.siemandel.mil@mail.mil) or at 253-512-8989.


Non-Aerial Requests

For color guard, band, non-aerial static display and/or speaker support please contact the Washington National Guard Public Affairs Office, along with the required request form.

Submit the form to the Washington National Guard Public Affairs Office no less than 90 days prior to the scheduled event. Please provide as much detail on the event as possible, along with any flyers or promotional information to better assist or Public Affairs Office. If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Siemandel (joseph.f.siemandel.mil@mail.mil) or at 253-512-8989.

If requesting a musical unit, contact the 133d Army National Guard band.

If you would like to request the Washington Military Department to assist in a public event, please download form here

NOTE: DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF REQUESTS, PLEASE SUBMIT FORM 90 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT DATE TO ENSURE PROPER PROCESSING AND TASKING.


Guest Speakers

The Washington National Guard has speakers from the Army and Air National Guard with diverse backgrounds and expertise serving and living in nearly every zip code in our state. The goal of the Speakers Bureau is to inform our citizens about the state, federal, and global missions of your National Guard as a whole and the specific capabilities your National Guard as the first military responder during emergencies uses to assist civil authorities to protect life and property in the homeland. If you have any questions, please contact Joseph Siemandel (joseph.f.siemandel.mil@mail.mil) or at 253-512-8989.

If you would like to request a Washington Military Department speaker, please download form here

NOTE: DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF REQUESTS, PLEASE SUBMIT FORM 90 DAYS PRIOR TO EVENT DATE TO ENSURE PROPER PROCESSING AND TASKING.

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