IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to Host Change of Responsibility Ceremony for National Guard Bureau


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will host a change of responsibility ceremony between Army Gen. Frank J. Grass, outgoing chief, National Guard Bureau, and Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, vice chief, National Guard Bureau, on Wednesday, August 3, at 11:00 a.m. EDT in the Pentagon Auditorium (BH650).  As part of the ceremony, Lt. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel will be promoted to the rank of general.

Please contact Maj. Shannon Thomas, 571-256-7323, or shannon.m.thomas46.mil@mail.mil, with any questions.  Journalists must be in place in the Pentagon Auditorium by 10:30 a.m. EDT.  Foreign journalists without a Pentagon building pass must plan on being escorted from the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge only, or, if arriving at the Pentagon Metro Entrance Facility, must contact 703-697-5131 a minimum of one hour prior to your arrival. Please arrive no later than 1 hour before the ceremony if coming by Metro. U.S. journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge or the Pentagon Metro Visitors Entrance only. If arriving by Metro, please contact 703-697-5131 a minimum of one hour prior to your arrival, and plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes before the event; have proof of affiliation and photo identification. Please call 571-256-7323 or 703-697-5131 for escort into the building. The ceremony will also be streamed live on www.defense.gov.