Color Guard 

 About the Color Guard

Community and civic organizations may request ceremonial support from the Marine Corps for participation in appropriate events. The Color Guard is a four-member formation – consisting of the senior Marine and Color Sergeant carrying the National Colors, a Marine carrying the Marine Corps Colors, and two rifle bearers. The Color Guard is responsible for rendering appropriate military honors. This traditional formation adds dignity to any military-related activity, parade, or civic event by showing respect to our Nation and those who have served.

 Sponsor Responsibilities

This site is used to request Marine Corps musical units, personnel, color/honor guard and/or exhibit/equipment participation in public events. The requested information is required to evaluate the event. Please complete all sections. Armed Forces musical units are organized for ceremonial and traditional purposes and to support recruiting activities. However, they may be authorized to provide certain specified presentations, such as patriotic ceremonies, for public programs. Armed Forces musical organizations are not permitted to provide entertainment, background, dinner, dance or other social music at public or private events in competition with the customary or regular employment of local civilian musicians.

Department of Defense policies require that Armed Forces participation in public events will be provided at no additional cost to the Government. The sponsor is required to pay, when necessary, the standard Military Services allowance for quarters and meals for all Armed Forces participants and for other services which have been determined in advance by the Military Services and agreed to by the sponsor. Transportation and meal costs are not usually incurred when support is provided from a local military installation. However, circumstances may dictate that reimbursement for any or all of these costs may be necessary. All costs are binding after a unit, personnel, or exhibit has arrived at an event site, even though weather conditions or other unforeseen circumstances force the event to be cancelled.

The request for color guard or a musical unit should be submitted no less than 30 nor more than 90 days in advance of a scheduled program. 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.

 International Request Information

For all international Marine Corps asset requests, please contact the Public Affairs office of the Unified Combatant Command in the respective area where the event will take place.

Those requests shall be forwarded through command channels to the ASD(PA) for approval. Approval shall be based upon program, sponsor, site, support criteria, and upon any recommendations or requests for an exception to policy offered by applicable commanders.

Unified Combatant Commands:

United States Central Command
(Community Relations) Commercial: 813-827-3205

United States European Command
(Public Affairs) Commercial: +49-711-680-113
DSN: 314-430-1110

United States Pacific Command
(Public Affairs) Commercial: 808-477-1341

United States Northern Command
(Community Relations) Commercial: 719-556-9116
DSN: 834-9116

United States Southern Command
(Public Affairs) Commercial: 305-437-1000
DSN: 567-1000

United States Africa Command
(Public Affairs)Commercial: +49 (0)711 729-4714 / 4710
DSN: (314) 421-4714 / 4710

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