Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivers remarks at the U.S. Central Command change of command ceremony for Gen. James N. Mattis from Acting Commander Lt. Gen. John R. Allen at 6 p.m. EDT in the Lt. Cmdr. Otis Vincent Tolbert Joint Intelligence Operations Center, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. Media contacts are Lt. Damita Woolridge, 813 827-4370 or Maj. John Redfield, 813-827-3208.
Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn has no public or media events on his schedule.
A National Capital Region Flyover of Arlington National Cemetery occurs at 9:05 a.m. EDT with four F-16’s.
CANCELLED: Brig. Gen. Gary Patton, deputy commanding general – Army, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, will brief the media live from Afghanistan at 10:30 a.m. EDT, Aug. 11, in the DoD Briefing Room, Pentagon 2E973. Patton will provide an update on training the Afghan National Army. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River 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.