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Immediate Release

Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to Travel to Brussels and NATO for Ukraine Defense Contact Group and Defense Ministerial Meetings

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr. will travel to Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 10 to host an in-person meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on Oct. 11.  This will be the 16th meeting of the UDCG since Secretary Austin formed the international group in April 2022.  The Secretary and Chairman will join ministers of defense and senior military officials from nearly 50 nations to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the continued support from the international community to provide the Ukrainian people with the means necessary to defend their sovereign territory.

While in Brussels, Secretary Austin will also participate the NATO Defense Ministerial Oct. 12 at NATO Headquarters.