Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will host an armed forces farewell tribute and an armed forces hail ceremony in honor of Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, 16th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at 10 a.m. EDT, Friday, Sept. 30 on Summerall Field at Fort Myer, Va. The ceremony will conclude with a joint service pass in review and flyover.
Myers has completed more than 40 years in uniform. He was appointed the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Oct. 1, 2001, and reappointed to a second two-year term in 2003.
Pace will assume the duties as chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sept. 30, 2005. He served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from Oct. 1, 2001, to Aug. 12, 2005.
Media must pre-register no later than 2 p.m., today with the Military District of Washington Public Affairs Officer if they wish to attend. Please plan to pre-place all satellite trucks by no later than 5 p.m. today on
Myer . All other electronic media attending must be pre-set by no later than 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 30. To register, please call (202) 685-4644 or (202) 685-4645.
Press Kits with biographies, high-resolution photos and fact sheets will be available on the Joint Staff Web site at http://www.jcs.mil .