The mission of Community Engagement is to foster a positive and proactive military and civilian relationship between the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and local and national communities. Community Engagement strives to raise the public’s awareness of the Marine Corps through direct interaction of military personnel in the community.
The Community Engagement Section assists in facilitating requests for military participation or involvement in community events. However, there are certain restrictions regarding military support of various events. Acceptable requests will be in support of events that are open to the public and are of community-wide interest. The U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy have restrictions governing the support of events at sites owned or leased by religious, political and special-interest organizations, or for organizations that may discredit the U.S. Armed Forces. In addition, service members cannot officially participate in beauty pageants or serve as escorts for events of a similar nature. Requests for participation for holidays, such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans Day will be considered on the basis of first-come- first-served, participant availability, and unit operational commitments.
All Community Engagement requests must be officially submitted via DD Form 2536 no less than 90 days prior to the event. Any requests that do not meet this timeline may not be approved. Please submit signed request forms to the email address or fax number provided below.
For more information, contact the Combat Center Community Engagement Officer, Government and External Affairs, by calling Commercial: (760) 830-5651 DSN: 230-5651, Fax (760) 830-5474 or via email at SMBPLMSCOMMUNITYRELATION@usmc.mil.
All requests for funeral honors must be referred to the Military Funeral Honors Section in Quantico, Virginia, for approval. The Combat Center or its tenant commands may only perform this service with approval from the Military Funeral Honors Section.
The family of the bereaved should ask the funeral home to call the Military Funeral Honors Section at (703) 432-9524 or toll-free at (866) 826-3628, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Note: Funeral honors may include burial detail, pall bearers, rifle salute, bugler, flag folding and flag presentation.