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Immediate Release

Secretary Austin to Meet with the Ukraine Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III will welcome his Ukrainian counterpart, Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov, to the Pentagon in an enhanced honor cordon ceremony today at 1:00 p.m. EST.

All journalists desiring to cover the arrival ceremony must obtain a wristband from security screening. Journalists without a Pentagon access badge must go through security screening at the base of the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge, and will be escorted to the arrival ceremony from there.

Security screening will begin at approximately 12:10 p.m. EST; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Security screening at this location will close promptly at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Once security screening has been initiated at the base of the bridge, all journalists entering the building via the bridge for any reason, including those with a Pentagon facility access card not covering the arrival ceremony, must undergo security screening.

Journalists with a Pentagon access badge, and whom have entered the building prior to 12:10 p.m. EST, may go through security screening at the River Entrance to obtain their wristband; please obtain your wristband at the River Entrance by 12:35 p.m. EST.

All journalists wishing to cover the arrival ceremony, including those with a Pentagon access badge, must be in place no later than 12:45 p.m. EST.

Please note, effective Nov. 1, all visitors entering the Pentagon will be required to present a completed DD Form 3150 “Certification of Vaccination.” A copy of the DD Form 3150 can be found at Upon arrival, visitors must present a completed and signed form indicating their current vaccination status. Any visitor who indicates “Not Yet Fully Vaccinated, Not Vaccinated, or Declines to Answer” will be required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result dated no more than 72 hours prior to the visit or they will be denied entry.

Reminder, all personnel must wear a mask and maintain six feet of social distance while on the Pentagon Reservation.