Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates hosts an honor cordon to welcome the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Defense Desmond Browne to the Pentagon today at 10 a.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 9:45 a.m. EDT for escort to the cordon.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England has no public or media events on his schedule.
Brig. Gen. Michael J. Walsh, commanding general of the Gulf Region Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Dr. Quraish Alkasir, advisor to the deputy prime minister of Iraq, and president of Society of Iraqi Surgeons, will brief live from Iraq at 9 a.m. EDT, May 23, in the DoD Briefing room, Pentagon 2E579, to provide an update of health care issues in Iraq. 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.