Secretary Ash Carter Hosts Honor Cordon for Australia Minister of Defence and Minister of Defence Industry
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will host an enhanced honor cordon to welcome Australia's Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne to the Pentagon at 11:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the steps of the Pentagon River Entrance. Following the arrival ceremony there will be a bilateral meeting.
This will be Secretary Carter's fourth meeting with Minister Payne, although it will be her first visit to the Pentagon as minister for defence. It will be Secretary Carter's first meeting with Minister Pyne.
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 10:50 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 10:30 a.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 11:15 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 honor cordon, must undergo security screening. Please call 703-697-5131 with any questions.