IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter hosts 36th Annual Disability Awards Ceremony


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will host the 36th Annual Disability Awards Ceremony Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Pentagon auditorium.

The secretary will honor 18 outstanding service members and civilian employees with disabilities for their contributions in support of the DoD mission, and recognize five exemplary DoD organizations for their efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive workforce. 

Kirk Bauer, executive director, Disabled Sports USA, will be the guest speaker. For more information about the DoD’s diversity mission please visit http://diversity.defense.gov.

Journalists covering the ceremony must be in place in the Pentagon Auditorium by 1:45 p.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 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.