Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates presides over the Assumption of Command Ceremony with Adm. Timothy Keating at U.S. Pacific Command at 10 a.m. local time, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has no public or media events on his schedule.
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Christopher Henry and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Thomas O'Connell testify at a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee at 2 p.m. EDT in room SR-232A, Russell Senate Office Building.
Defense Department Acting Inspector General Thomas F. Gimble, and Brig. Gen. Rodney L. Johnson, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, will present the findings of their investigation of the events and circumstances surrounding the 2004 death of Army Cpl. Patrick Tillman, Acting Secretary of the Army Pete Geren and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody will provide comments for the Army at 4 p.m. EDT, March 26, in the DoD Briefing Studio, Pentagon 2E579. 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. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.