Open Press Events Today in the Department of Defense, July 23, 2018
Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr are traveling.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan greets General Do Ba Ty, vice chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly, at 9 a.m. EDT on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance. All journalists desiring to cover the arrival must obtain a wristband from security screening. Journalists without a Pentagon facility access card must go through security screening at the base of the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge, and will be escorted to the River Entrance from there. Security screening will begin at approximately 8:20 a.m. EDT; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Journalists with a Pentagon facility access card, and whom have entered the building prior to 8 a.m. EDT, may go through security screening at the River Entrance to obtain their wristband. All journalists wishing to cover the arrival, including those with a Pentagon facility access card, must be in place no later than 8:45 a.m. EDT. 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, must undergo security screening. Please call 703-697-5131 with any questions.