Today in the Department of Defense, September 19, 2017
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis hosts an enhanced honor cordon welcoming His Excellency Mihai-Viorel Fifor, Minister of National Defence of Romania, to the Pentagon at 2 p.m. EDT on the steps of the River Entrance. All journalists desiring to cover the cordon 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 cordon from there. Security screening will begin at approximately 1:15 p.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 1 p.m. EDT, may go through security screening at the River Entrance to obtain their wristband. All journalists wishing to cover the honor cordon, including those with a Pentagon facility access card, must be in place no later than 1:45 p.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 honor cordon, must undergo security screening. Please call 703-697-5131 with any questions.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. have no public or media events on their schedules.
Chief of the National Guard Bureau Air Force Gen. Joseph P. Lengyel speaks at the Defense Writers Group breakfast at 8 a.m. EDT, at the Fairmont Hotel, 2401 M St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia.
Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson provide testimony on recent U.S. Navy incidents at sea at 10 a.m. EDT to the Senate Armed Services Committee, SD-G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, District of Columbia.
Air Force Gen. David Goldfein speaks at 10:45 a.m. EDT; Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, commander, Air Education and Training Command, discussed the continuum of learning at 1:15 p.m. EDT; Air Force Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein, deputy chief of staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, participates in a panel on nuclear deterrence at 1:15 p.m. EDT; Air Force Gen. James Holmes, commander, Air Combat Command, participates in a panel at 1:15 p.m. EDT; Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Stephen W. Wilson, Air Force Gen. Ellen Palikowski, commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Air Force Lt. Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., military deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, and Air Force Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris, deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, participate in a panel on Air Force capability development at 1:15 p.m. EDT; Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, commander, Pacific Air Forces, and Air Force Gen. Tod D. Wolters, commander, U.S Air Forces Europe, participate in a panel on basing for attack at 2:10 p.m. EDT; Adm. Michael S. Rogers, director, National Security Agency, commander, U.S. Cyber Command, and chief, Central Security Service, participates in a panel on breaking the cyber barrier at 2:10 p.m. EDT; Air Force Gen. John W. Raymond, commander, Air Force Space Command, participates in a panel on space as a warfighting domain at 3:55 p.m. EDT; and Air Force Lt. Gen. L. Scott Rice, director, Air National Guard, Air Force Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief, Air Force Reserve, and Air Force Lt. Gen. Jerry Harris, deputy chief of staff for Strategic Plans, Programs and Requirements, participate in a panel on the total force at 3:55 p.m. EDT, at the Air Force Association 2017 Air, Space and Cyber Conference, at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, Maryland.