Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld hosts an honor cordon to welcome Ecuador's Minister of National Defense Oswaldo Jarrin to the Pentagon 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 9:30 a.m. EDT for escort to the cordon.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England will deliver remarks and will receive an award from Armed Forces Foundation at the Mandarin Hotel, 1330 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Paul McHale, Chief, National Guard Bureau, Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum conduct a press briefing on borders operations at El Paso, Texas. Media contact: Lt. Col. Krenke at (703) 607-5934.
Deputy Director for Regional Operations, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Brig. Gen. Carter Ham will conduct an operational update at 1 p.m. EDT in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E579. Media without a Pentagon building pass interested in covering this event must have proof of press affiliation and two forms of photo identification and should be at the North Parking Entrance by 12:15 p.m. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort to the briefing.