Today in the Department of Defense, May 27, 2016
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter provides remarks at 10 a.m. EDT at the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony, Annapolis, Maryland. His remarks will be streamed live at www.defense.gov.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosts more than 350 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) grief camp children and counselors in the Pentagon as part of TAPS' annual Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief camp for young survivors, at 6 p.m. EDT, at the River Entrance. This is the third consecutive year that the secretary has opened up the building the Friday before Memorial Day and welcomed these family members to the Pentagon. Secretary Carter will provide brief remarks, and participate in a group photo with other senior military leaders and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Bonnie Carroll. Journalists desiring to cover the opening ceremony must RSVP by 12 p.m. EDT, to Defense Press Operations, 703-697-5131 or OSD.PA.DutyOfficer@mail.mil.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. have no public or media events on their schedules.
Army Col. Steven Warren, spokesman, Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), briefs the media live via Skype at 12:30 p.m. EDT in the Pentagon Briefing Room (2E973), to provide an update on operations. Foreign journalists without a Pentagon building pass must plan on being escorted from the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge only, or, if arriving at the Pentagon Metro Entrance Facility, must contact 703-697-5131 a minimum of one hour prior to your arrival. Please arrive no later than 45 minutes before the briefing if coming by Metro. U.S. journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge or the Pentagon Metro Visitors Entrance only. If arriving by Metro, please contact 703-697-5131 a minimum of one hour prior to your arrival, and plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes before the event; have proof of affiliation and photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building. The briefing will also be streamed live on www.defense.gov.