Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta hosts an honor cordon to welcome New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to the Pentagon today at 12:15 p.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.
The Senate Armed Services Committee meets to consider the nominations of Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., for reappointment to the grade of admiral and to be Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Chief of Staff, U.S. Army and Air Force General William M. Fraser III, for reappointment to the grade of general and to be Commander, U.S. Transportation Command at 9:30 a.m. EDT in room SH-216, Hart Senate Office Building.
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Clifford L. Stanley will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Military Times Service Members of the Year ceremony at 5 p.m. EDT. Senior military representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard will also make remarks in room 345, Cannon House Office Building, Washington, D.C. Media interested in attending should contact Paulette Ruffin at 703-750-8109.