My 'essential' list would include.
Heavy gauge extension cords, gloves (for handling hot lights), 4'x8' white & black foamcore or 2 black & 2 white dropsheets, 4 gripstands with clamps, 2 blonde lamps (better yet, the newer Kinoflows Flouresc. or LED lights) Spare bulbs, gaffer (duct) & black tape, hd clamps, stepladder...
(I'll add to this if I think of more - there likely is)
Thanks again Chris, I checked out some LED packages and the ones I found were very costly. The fluorescents seem to me to be the way to go. If my understanding of them is correct they will also work for still photography. Something tells me I'll be sorry for volunteering for this project But at least I knew enough to let our public information people and command staff set the agenda for content, scripting ect.!!