Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England have no public or media events on their schedules.
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen receives an award and speaks at 7 p.m. EST, Jan. 12, at the Nixon Center Distinguished Service Awards Dinner at the Corcoran Ballroom, Four Seasons Hotel, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. Washington D.C. Media interested in attending, contact Mark Hackard at (202) 887-1000 MHackard@nixoncenter.org .
Army Col. Burt Thompson, commander of the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division will brief live from Iraq at 10 a.m. EST, Jan. 12, in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E973, to provide an update on ongoing security operations in Iraq. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.