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Release No: 030-12
May 07, 2012

Department of Defense to Host Spirit of Service Event at Pentagon

            The Department of Defense (DoD) will host a “Spirit of Service” event on Wednesday, May 9 at 11:30 a.m. EDT in the Pentagon Center Courtyard.  All DoD employees in the National Capital Region are invited to attend. 

            The event in celebration of Public Service Recognition Week, May 6-12, will feature remarks by Ashton B. Carter, deputy secretary of defense, and Michael L. Rhodes, the director of administration and management.  A concert by the U.S. Air Force Max Impact show band and a reception will follow the ceremony. 

            Representatives from each of the military services and the Joint Staff will recognize 34 outstanding civilian public servants across the DoD who display the core qualities of honor, integrity and excellence in their everyday service. Presenters include: 

                        Michael B. Donley, secretary of the Air Force 

                        Raymond E. Mabus Jr., secretary of the Navy 

                        Thomas R. Lamont, assistant secretary of the Army, manpower & reserve affairs 

                        Vice Adm. Harry Harris, assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff 

            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. For more information about the Partnership for Public Service go to http://www.psrw.org .

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