Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld hosts an honor cordon to welcome Honduran Minister of Defense Aristides Mejia to the Pentagon at 4: 30.m. EDT. The cordon will be held on the steps of the Pentagon Mall Entrance. Media must be at the Pentagon North Parking Entrance no later than 4 pm. EDT for escort to the cordon.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has no public or media events on his schedule.
Assistant Secretary of Defense Paul McHale and Army National Guard Director Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn will brief the news media today at 1 p.m. EDT in the DoD briefing studio, Pentagon 2E579, with an update on border security operations to be performed by the National Guard. 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.
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretatry of Defense for Homeland Defense Pete Verga delivers remarks at 8 a.m. EDT at Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.