Community Relations

The South Carolina National Guard has units throughout South Carolina and we strive to be a good neighbors and community partners. As a community-based organization, the South Carolina National Guard supports and participates in events throughout the state to benefit our citizens and give them insight into their National Guard. These events, such as parades, ceremonies and patriot celebrations are as important to us as they are to the groups and communities that sponsor them.

While every attempt is made to support Community Relations requests, it is not always possible to support every event due to training requirements, previous commitments, budget constraints, or mobilizations.  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).

To request community relations support for South Carolina National Guard assets such as the 246th Army band, guest speakers or vehicle static displays,  please fill out and submit a DD Form 2536 to:

CPT Cody Denson, Community Relations Officer

1 National Guard Road, Stop #8 (PAO)
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803.299.4241

Requests must be received 60-90 days from date of event.  Requests received less than 30 days from date of event most likely will not be considered due to lack of equipment resource allocation time, manpower associated costs, and insufficient coordination time.

For Flyovers or any aviation (Army or Air) assets Please use   DD Form 2535

Requests should be submitted a minimum  90 days prior to the event. Fewer than 90 days notice will be denied by the Department of Defense, as they have jurisdiction over all flyovers and mandate at least 90 days.

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 indicated on the DD2535 form last page

Requests should be completed, signed, approved by the FAA and submitted back to the Department of Defense at least 90 days in advance of the event. Incomplete forms and requests will not be considered. The Department of Defense U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army determine whether the event is eligible for support, not the South Carolina National Guard.

Here is the link for Air Force aviation asset requests:

Requests for Army National Guard assets should be submitted to 1LT Denson, S.C. National Guard Community Relations.

Additionally, patriotic events that are free and open to the public and those events designed to enhance Armed Forces recruiting and retention efforts have a higher likelihood of being approved by the Department of Defense. If your event falls within both or either of these categories please state so on your DD Form 2535 with a detailed explanation.

Aviation Support or Participation may be cancelled by the U.S. Government without notice.