Community Outreach Support

Army Bands

Army Bands

The 88th RSC coordinates Army Music support to the 19-State region with the command and control of six Army Bands located in seven different locations.

The Bands provide music throughout the full spectrum of military operations to instill in our Soldiers the will to fight and win, foster the support of our citizens, and promote our national interests at home and abroad.

Even before the U.S. Army was created in 1775, musicians were an integral part of the military. From the signal corps drummers in the Revolutionary War, to the full brass bands of WWII, music has been a critical part of the Army’s success.

88th RSC Army Bands, like all Army Bands, may perform at both military and civilian events which meet regulatory requirements.

Band Performance Requests:

To request performance by an Army Band or musician, begin by completing a DD Form 2536: Request for Armed Forces Participation in Public Events.

The information is required to evaluate the event for appropriateness and compliance with DoD policies and for coordination with the units involved.

Once completed submit the request to the link. Please contact one of the below POCs for any additional questions or assistance in fulfilling your request.

Point of Contact:

88th RSC Band Coordinator
SFC Kenneth Oglesby

204th Army Band
Vancouver, Wash.

451st Army Band
Fort Snelling, Minn.

312th Army Band
Lawrence, Kans.
785-843-1651 ext. 232

484th Army Band
Milwaukee, Wis.

85th Army Band
Arlington Heights, Ill.

338th Army Band (A2)
Livonia, Mich.

338th Army Band (A1)
Whitehall, Ohio

Legislative Liaison

Legislative Liaison

Education and Outreach to our Community Leaders

The role of the 88th RSC Legislative Liaison is to facilitate relationships between the Army Reserve and Members of Congress and their representatives, as well as provide education and outreach to community leaders within the northwest region.

These actions work toward increasing our elected officials’ understanding of Reserve Soldier issues, the role of United States Army Reserve in our Nation’s Defense, and its impact on local economies.

The Army Reserve’s legislative affairs representatives are directly responsible to the Chief of Army Reserve for ensuring the integration of the CAR’s strategic priorities. In doing so they serve as vital resources to maintain and leverage partnerships with Members of Congress.

The Legislative Affairs Division is comprised of 12 legislative affairs representatives in its corporate office, and four full-time legislative liaisons located at each of the four RSCs. Legislative Affairs provides divisional support at the local, state and federal government level.

Their role is to disseminate timely, critical, factual, fully coordinated information to members of congress, congressional committees and professional staffers.

They also serve as a conduit between Members of Congress, constituents, government and nongovernment entities, providing accurate, clear and concise formulated written and oral responses to professional and congressional inquiries.

Let’s tell the Army Reserve Story

Is your unit doing something noteworthy that would be of interest to Community Leaders?

Contact the 88th RSC Legislative Liaison and together we will show members of Congress, their staff and other community leaders exactly what the Army Reserve is doing for the Nation as well as what it is doing in their back yard.

88th RSC Legislative Liaison
COL Michael Holland

Army Reserve Ambassadors

Army Reserve Ambassadors

U.S. Army Reserve Ambassadors provide strategic outreach, advocacy, and advisory support to Army Reserve units, Soldiers, and Families throughout the Country.

Ambassadors are considered special government employees who represent the Chief of the Army Reserve without salary, wages or related benefits. Their function is similar to civilian aides to the Secretary of the Army, and they carry a protocol status equivalent of a Major General.

Ambassadors build relationships and strive to improve the understanding and knowledge of the Army Reserve within the business and social sectors of communities across America.

They help to educate the public, community leaders, and congressional staff offices about the capabilities and values of the Army Reserve and the Soldiers who live and work in their communities.

Army Reserve Ambassadors can assist you in many ways:

First, by telling the Army Reserve Story to elected officials, military service clubs, community leaders, and social sectors to ensure the AR contributions, value, and resourcing needs are acknowledged and supported.

Second, they support and advance the CAR’s Private-Public Partnership Initiative, which helps sustain our force.

Third, they use their experience and influential status in advocating for Soldiers and Families in a variety of capacities.

Fourth, they partner with USAREC and Cadet Command to ensure the AR gets quality junior leaders for the future.

Finally, Ambassadors provide strategic outreach by opening many doors and often gaining hard-to-get access to important information, services, and benefits to advance and sustain the members of the Army Reserve Family.

Leaders, please reach out to our Ambassadors and invite them to your major organizational and training events such as YTBs, Mobilization and De-Mobilization ceremonies, Yellow Ribbon Events, and Family Support Activities. Together you can increase your community’s awareness, understanding, and support of the Army Reserve.

Army Reserve Ambassador Regional Coordinator
Katherine Bissonette, PhD
608-388- 0331 Colorado

Shawn Graves
James Sherman Idaho

Dianne Nordhaus
Joseph Eyre Illinois

William Hawes
John W. Newman Indiana

Doug Gibbens
Joseph Lampert
John Topper Iowa

Gary Wattnem Kansas

Mick Allen
Michael Symanski Michigan

Mel Bauman
Paul DeSander Minnesota

James Lundell
Thomas Haugo
Steven Carter Missouri

Roger Layman
Danny Baldwin
Bill Hammerschmidt Montana

James Mariska Nebraska

Stephen Tellatin North Dakota

Robert Black Ohio

John Lendrum
Terry Klinker Oregon

Dennis Klein
Curtis Loop
Daniel Hitchcock South Dakota

Robert Perez Utah

Rick Folkerson
Paul Swenson Washington

Fred Aronow
Stan Flemming
Mary Miller Wisconsin

Gerald Meyer
John Gessner
Bill Bissonette Wyoming

Barry Gasdek

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