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The Delaware National Guard has a presence throughout the entire state of Delaware where our Soldiers and Airmen serve.

Through active community support programs, the Delaware National Guard strives to be a good neighbor and community partner.

The Guard, its Soldiers and its Airmen, are extensively involved in local community organizations and often participate in and/or support the events they sponsor, but training and mission requirements always come first.

What types of support activities are available?

Preferred activities for support are those which stimulate patriotism, promote public understanding of national security issues or foster public appreciation of our military or national heritage.  

Examples of the most common types of support the Delaware National Guard may be requested to provide are:

• Delaware National Guard’s own 287th Army Band 

• Delaware National Guard's Color Guard

• Static Equipment Displays (non-aviation)

• Static Equipment Displays (aviation)

This list is not all-inclusive — there may be other activities the Delaware National Guard could support if requested and if they would enhance the Delaware Guard’s public image.


DNG Event Request Forms


Parades/Events  //  Honor Guard  //  Delaware's 287th Army Band  //  Aerial Demonstrations

Please submit all completed forms through email:


Who is eligible for National Guard support?

There are a number of state and federal restrictions on how the Delaware National Guard CAN support organizations and events. Organizations eligible for military support include: federal, state, and local governments; and certain private (non-profit) institutions, when the activity concerned is conducted for the betterment of the community and does not selectively benefit any one individual or organization. Events must be open and accessible to the public. Federal laws and military regulations prohibit military agencies from competing with services available from commercial sources in the private sector.

Use of government equipment and/or personnel in support of a private enterprise, whether profit or non-profit, or for promotional events of a select organization’s commercial activity or concern, is strictly prohibited by regulation.


How to request National Guard support:

All requests for community support must be submitted to the Delaware National Guard not less than 30 nor more than 90 days in advance of a scheduled program on Department of Defense Form 2536 (for band, color guard, non-aerial static display), Department of Defense Form 2535 (for aerial events).

Requests received after this deadline will not be considered.

Please realize that all Armed Forces units have specific military missions and training requirements. Participation in public programs will only be  authorized when such support is in the best interests of the Department of Defense and the Military Services and does not interfere with mission or training programs. In all cases, operational commitments must take priority and can cause previously scheduled appearances to be cancelled.


Who is NOT eligible for National Guard support?

• Events that benefit a particular business or company
• Events for a narrow segment of the populace, e.g. a family reunion
• Events for or during a religious service (although on-post chaplaincy mission is supported)
• Events that are not open and free to the public
• Events that are Fundraisers
• Events 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
• Events during which Army participation and support "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