Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates hosts an honor cordon to welcome Malaysia’s Minister of Defense Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to the Pentagon today at 10 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.
Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn has no public or media events on his schedule.
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy at 10 am MDT in Falcon Stadium. Media should RSVP to USAFA Public Affairs at 719-333-7731.
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen will host an All Hands Call with the Colorado Springs military community at the Peterson Air Force Base theater at 3:15 pm MDT. A brief media avail will follow. Media should RSVP to 719-554-3731 or firstname.lastname@example.org . Gate call time is 2:15 pm MDT at the Peterson West Gate Visitor Center located off Powers Blvd.
British Army Maj. Gen. Nick Carter, commanding general for Regional Command South, will brief the media live from Afghanistan at 11 a.m. EDT, May 26, in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E973. Carter will provide an update on the Kandahar campaign known as Hamkari. See press advisory for details.