Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. James E. Cartwright will conduct a press briefing at 10:30 a.m. EDT, today, Sept. 17, 2009, in the DoD Briefing Room, 2E973. Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance (Press Parking, Stop 1) 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.
Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn has no public or media events on his schedule.
The Military Leadership Diversity Commission will hold its first meeting from 9:25 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., EDT, Thursday, Sept. 17 at the Double Tree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Va. 22202. A second meeting will be held in the same location on the following day, Friday, Sept. 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. See press advisory for details.
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. Mike Mullen will speak at 9:50 a.m. EDT at the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, in the Double Tree Hotel, 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Va. Media interested in attending should contact Master Chief Steve Hady, Steven.firstname.lastname@example.org, (703) 347—5295.
A National Capital Region Flyover of Arlington Cemetery begins at 11:30 a.m. EDT with a Joint Service Aerial Review with two F-16 (USAF), one F/A-18 (USN), one F-18D (USMC), and four UH-60 (USA).
The Department of Defense announces the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients at 6 p.m. EDT. The award represents the highest recognition given by the U.S. government to employers for their outstanding support of their employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Dr. Jill Biden is keynote speaker. See news release for details.