Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta will host a Warrior Games Recognition Ceremony on Monday, June 25 at 1 p.m. EDT in the Pentagon Center Courtyard. The event is open to the Pentagon community and will be broadcast live on the Pentagon Channel. The inclement weather location for this ceremony is the Pentagon Library Conference Center, Room B6.
During the ceremony, Panetta will recognize 50 Warrior Games athletes representing more than 200 athletes from the five military services and U.S. Special Operations Command that competed during the 2012 Warrior Games held in Colorado Springs, April 30 - May 5, 2012. Additional guest speakers include Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Army chief of staff, and Charlie Huebner, chief of Paralympics for the United States Olympic Committee.
The U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) with the support of the Defense Department hosts the annual Warrior Games, an Olympic-style competition between wounded, ill and injured military members and veterans. Athletes compete for medals in seven categories: swimming, archery, track and field, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, shooting, and cycling.
Media interested in covering the event must call 703-697-5131 to attend. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the North Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.