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Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates hosts an honor cordon to welcome Sweden’s Minister of Defense Sten Tolgfors to the Pentagon today at  2 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 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 to the cordon.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has no public or media events on his schedule.

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics John J. Young Jr, Director Operational Test and Evaluation, Charles E. McQueary, Director, Missile Defense Agency Lt. Gen. Henry A. Obering III and Commanding General U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Lt. Gen. Kevin T. Campbell testify at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on the Fiscal Year 2009 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for Missile Defense Programs at 2 p.m. EDT in room 2212 Rayburn House Office Building.


Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Dr. S. Ward Casscells and Surgeon General of the Army Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, will announce the creation of the new, federally-funded institution, the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine at 1:30 p.m. EDT, April 17, in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579.  Journalists without a Pentagon building pass must meet inside the Pentagon Visitor Center at the Pentagon Metro Entrance no later than 1 p.m., have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Please call the DoD Press Desk at (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.

Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy Leslye A. Arsht, Deputy Commanding General U.S. Army Installation Management Command and Commander, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Major General John A. Macdonald, Commander Navy Exchange Service Command Rear Admiral Robert J. Bianchi, Commander Army and Air Force Exchange Service Brigadier General Keith L. Thurgood, Director Personal and Family Readiness Division Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps Timothy R. Larsen and, Acting Director Defense Commissary Agency Richard Page, Fleet and Family Readiness Program Director Navy Installations Command John Baker and Director of Services Headquarters, U.S. Air Force Arthur J. Myers testify at a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee on Military Resale and Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Overview at 10 a.m. EDT in room 2118 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

Director of the Defense Center of Excellence for TBI/PTSD Col. Loree Sutton, Interim Executive Director for Traumatic Brain Injury Col. Robert Labutta, and Director Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center Col. Mike Jaffee will conduct a media roundtable to address findings and recommendations from the RAND study at 10:30 a.m.  in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579.  Journalists without a Pentagon building pass must meet inside the North Parking Entrance no later than 9:45 a.m., have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Please call the DoD Press Desk at (703) 697-5131 for escort into the building.



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04/17/2008
First Enlistment Contract with Biometric Signature             The Department of Defense announced today the signing of the first military enlistment contract using biometric technology at the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), located at Fort Meade, Md.   ...


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Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan Commander to Brief             Army Maj. Gen. Robert Cone, commanding general of Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan will conduct a news briefing at 9 a.m. EDT, Apr. 18, in the DoD Briefing Studio, Pentagon 2E579, to provide an update of ongoing...




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