Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace will conduct a DoD news briefing at 1:15 p.m. EST in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579. Media without a Pentagon building pass interested in covering this event must have proof of press affiliation and two forms of photo identification and should be at the North Parking Entrance by 12:30 p.m. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has no public or media events on schedule.
Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Alex Beehler, and
Rear Admiral John R. ("Jack") Hines, deputy commander, Third Fleet, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon PST, at the U.S. Navy's Mountain Warfare Training Facility, La Posta, Calif., to mark the first joint Department of Defense-California land acquisition of a military buffer zone in the state. See press advisory for details.