Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will visit Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., today. He will address the change of command ceremony at the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command and welcome Vice Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. as its new commander. The change of command ceremony is at 9:45 a.m. MDT, in Hangar 1. Media contact is John Cornelio, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs at 719-502-6840.
Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn hosts an honor cordon to welcome the President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, His Excellency Jurelang Zedkaia to the Pentagon today at 11:30 a.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 Pentagon River Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 30 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.
Director, Acquisition Resources and Analysis, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Nancy L. Spruill and Deputy Comptroller, Program/Budget John Roth testify at a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Defense Acquisition: One Year After Reform, at 10 a.m. EDT in room 2154, Rayburn House Office Building.
A National Capital Region Flyover of Arlington National Cemetery occurs at 11:05 a.m. EDT with one C-130.