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DOD D 5410.18

2001 Edition, November 20, 2001

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This Directive:

Applies to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Military Departments, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the Department of Defense (hereafter referred to collectively as "the DoD Components").

Encompasses all DoD community relations activities regardless of name, activity, or sponsorship.

Provides policy on aircraft flyovers, including the missing man formation, at memorial or funeral services in honor of rated and/or designated active duty aviation personnel and dignitaries of the Armed Forces or the Federal Government, as delegated to the Military Services by the ASD(PA) (see subparagraph, below).

Does not apply to voluntary participation in community and civic activities by DoD personnel when they participate in a personal capacity in an off-duty status. See DoD 5500.7-R (reference (c)) for additional guidance regarding off-duty or personal capacity activities.

Does not apply to aerial demonstrations or air shows designed to promote the sale of weapons systems or other defense articles. See paragraphs 4.14.15. and 4.14.16., below.

This Directive:

PURPOSE. Cancels reference (a), and implements reference (b).

Established policy for the conduct of public affairs community relations (hereafter referred to as "community relations") activities and programs throughout the Department of Defense.

Established authority, assigns responsibilities, and delineates command relationships for community relations activities and procedures.