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
608-388-0597
kenneth.j.oglesby.mil@mail.mil

204th Army Band
Vancouver, Wash.
360-885-7020

451st Army Band
Fort Snelling, Minn.
612-713-3689

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

484th Army Band
Milwaukee, Wis.
414-535-5960

85th Army Band
Arlington Heights, Ill.
847-506-7659

338th Army Band (A2)
Livonia, Mich.
517-264-3879

338th Army Band (A1)
Whitehall, Ohio
614-693-9524

http://www.music.army.mil/

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
608-388-6733
michael.a.holland16.mil@mail.mil

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
katherine.m.bissonette.civ@mail.mil Colorado

Shawn Graves sted78@comcast.net
James Sherman ShermanJ_T@msn.com Idaho

Dianne Nordhaus dianne.nordhaus@gmail.com
Joseph Eyre eyrejoebon@northrim.net Illinois

William Hawes wjhawes@sbcglobal.net
John W. Newman VJNewman21@yahoo.com Indiana

Doug Gibbens douggibbens@att.net
Joseph Lampert jflampe@pike.k12.in.us
John Topper jt1@psci.net Iowa

Gary Wattnem gwattnem@gmail.com Kansas

Mick Allen Mallen@eaglecom.net
Michael Symanski mwsymanski@gmail.com Michigan

Mel Bauman artelb@sbcglobal.net
Paul DeSander pauldesander@charter.net Minnesota

James Lundell james.lundell@frontiernet.net
Thomas Haugo thaugo@bachmans.com
Steven Carter swcarter77@gmail.com Missouri

Roger Layman rlayman48@embarqmail.com
Danny Baldwin dbaldwin@kcp.com
Bill Hammerschmidt colhammerschmidt@gmail.com Montana

James Mariska jamarisk1@gmail.com Nebraska

Stephen Tellatin sftellatin@gmail.com North Dakota

Robert Black eagle6680@gmail.com Ohio

John Lendrum jlendrum@nciprecast.com
Terry Klinker terryklinker.2@gmail.com Oregon

Dennis Klein MGDeK1964@aol.com
Curtis Loop curt.loop@yahoo.com
Daniel Hitchcock DFHitchcock@canby.com South Dakota

Robert Perez rgperez@live.com Utah

Rick Folkerson rickf@kengarff.com
Paul Swenson pauls@colonialflage.com Washington

Fred Aronow fredjacciaronow@q.com
Stan Flemming stanflemming@hotmail.com
Mary Miller marymyak@aol.com Wisconsin

Gerald Meyer jmeyer3131@aol.com
John Gessner john.a.gessner.ctr@mail.mil
Bill Bissonette csmbissonette@gmail.com Wyoming

Barry Gasdek barrygasdek@yahoo.com



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