Today in the Department of Defense Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel hosts an honor cordon to welcome Dutch Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert to the Pentagon at 12:30 p.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Pentagon River Parking Pedestrian Bridge only. Plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort to the cordon.
Secretary Chuck Hagel gives remarks alongside Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki at 3:15 p.m. EDT, after a congressional roundtable discussion on the VA claims backlog hosted by Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-Md). Media should arrive no later than 2:45 p.m. EDT, in the hall outside of S116 (the Foreign Relations Committee room), the Capitol. For logistical questions, please contact Eve Goldsher at email@example.com.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter has no public or media events on his schedule.
Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno testify before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on the Army Fiscal 2014 Budget Request at 10 a.m. EDT, room 192, the Dirksen Senate Office Building.
Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Ray Odierno hosts the "Salute from the Chief" Twilight Tattoo at 6 p.m. EDT, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Washington, D.C.