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Guided Tour of the Pentagon (Department of Defense) FREE

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  • Please read the event description carefully.  Unfortunately I will not be responding to communications from people who failed to read basic event information for themselves (e.g. how do I reserve a space, are you making a reservation for me, where are we meeting, etc.).

    I have scheduled a tour of the Pentagon (the Department of Defense) for myself for Wednesday, December 21 at 11:00 and I'm inviting members of our Meetup group to join me.  Each person will need to reserve their own space for the tour directly from the Pentagon - full details below - and you will, among other things, need to provide your social security number to the Pentagon/Department of Defense when reserving your tour.

    The morning of our tour I might also visit the Pentagon 9-11 memorial.  When we get closer to the tour date I'll provide more info on our group's exact meeting point and time - and perhaps we can get lunch afterwards if you're interested.  For now just obtain a reservation from the Pentagon and we'll work out the details later.

    I have not been on this tour myself and am thus unable to answer many additional questions beyond what is provided on the Pentagon web site.  In other words, you have all of the same information that I have.  

    Please note, the Pentagon tour has limited space and people that "RSVP and then no show"  prevent others from participating.  Therefore, anyone RSVP'ing for this event that does not change their RSVP to "no" and "no shows" without a reasonable explanation will be permanently removed from our group.  Please keep your RSVP up-to-date and/or honor your commitment.  

    Web link to book a Pentagon tour:

    If you need a walk through of the process please see the screen shots below.


    Robert Kelleman



    The Pentagon

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

    The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington CountyVirginia, across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.As a symbol of the U.S. militaryThe Pentagon is often used metonymically to refer to the U.S. Department of Defense.

    The Pentagon was designed by American architect George Bergstrom (1876–1955), and built by general contractor John McShain of Philadelphia. Ground was broken for construction on September 11, 1941, and the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943. General Brehon Somervell provided the major motive power behind the project; Colonel Leslie Groves was responsible for overseeing the project for the U.S. Army.

    The Pentagon is one of the world's largest office buildings, with about 6,500,000 sq ft (600,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sq ft (340,000 m2) are used as offices. Approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel work in the Pentagon. It has five sides, five floors above ground, two basement levels, and five ring corridors per floor with a total of 17.5 mi (28.2 km) of corridors. The Pentagon includes a five-acre (20,000 m2) central plaza, which is shaped like a pentagon and informally known as "ground zero", a nickname originating during the Cold War on the presumption that it would be targeted by the Soviet Union at the outbreak of nuclear war.

    On September 11, 2001, exactly 60 years after the building's construction began, American Airlines Flight 77 was hijacked and flown into the western side of the building, killing 189 people (59 victims and the five perpetrators on board the airliner, as well as 125 victims in the building). It was the first significant foreign attack on Washington's governmental facilities since the city was burned by the British during the War of 1812.

    About the Program

    The program, under the purview of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, hosts more than 100,000 visitors annually. The tour lasts for approximately 60 minutes and follows a route that is approximately one and one half miles in length. Each tour includes the mission of the Department of Defense and each of its branches of service, and visits numerous displays that highlight and depict significant moments in military history.

    Headquarters of the Department of Defense, the Pentagon is one of the world's largest office buildings. It is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. The National Capitol could fit into any one of the five wedge-shaped sections. There are very few people throughout the United States who do not have some knowledge of the Pentagon. Many have followed news stories emanating from the defense establishment housed in this building. However, relatively few people have had the opportunity to visit with us.

    The Pentagon is virtually a city in itself. Approximately 23,000 employees, both military and civilian, contribute to the planning and execution of the defense of our country. These people arrive daily from Washington, D.C. and its suburbs over approximately 30 miles of access highways, including express bus lanes and one of the newest subway systems in our country. They ride past 200 acres of lawn to park approximately 8,770 cars in 16 parking lots; climb 131 stairways or ride 19 escalators to reach offices that occupy 3,705,793 square feet. While in the building, they tell time by 4,200 clocks, drink from 691 water fountains, utilize 284 rest rooms, consume 4,500 cups of coffee, 1,700 pints of milk and 6,800 soft drinks prepared or served by a restaurant staff of 230 persons and dispensed in 1 dining room, 2 cafeterias, 6 snack bars, and an outdoor snack bar. The restaurant service is a privately run civilian operation under contract to the Pentagon.

    Tour Guidelines

    Tours are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., and normally last approximately 60 minutes. The program does not operate on federal holidays and weekends. Reservations may be booked from 14 to 90 days in advance. Reservations will not be accepted for tour dates within 13 days or more than 90 days away.

    Information Required

    To submit your reservation request, you will need to provide us with the name of the group and the number of persons in the group, the date and time the tour is requested, and the name and phone number of the person requesting the tour. Tours begin and end at the Pentagon Metro entrance.

    At least one form of proper identification, which must be current and contains a photograph, is required for visitors age 18 and older to enter the Pentagon. A valid form of identification that must be presented includes:

    U.S. Passport 

    U.S. Passport Card 

    Driver's license or identification card issued by a State or outlying possession of the United States, provided it contains a photograph and meets the REAL ID standards, has an extension or contains the notation "ENHANCED DRIVER'S LICENSE"

    Identification card issued by Federal, State, or local government agencies, provided it contains a photograph

    U.S. Government PIV Card (CAC for DoD Personnel)

    DoD Affiliated Identification Cards (Retirees, Dependents, and Inactive Reservists)

    Native American Tribal Document

    U.S. Border Crossing Card

    Permanent Resident Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (INS Form I-551 or I-551)

    Foreign passport with a temporary (I-551) stamp or temporary (I-551) printed notation on a machine readable immigrant visaForeign passport

    The following driver's license are NOT ACCEPTABLE forms of ID: Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, and Washington, unless the driver's license contains "ENHANCED DRIVER'S LICENSE".

    NOTE: Visitors 17 years of age and under require no identification when accompanied by an adult with a DoD Building Pass or one of the above forms of identification.

    Pentagon Tours Operating Status

    Due to any inclement weather or other special circumstances, the Pentagon Tours Office adheres to guidance posted by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Be sure to check the Pentagon Tours Operating Status the day of your tour before coming to the Pentagon.

    Checking in for your Tour

    Plan to arrive at the Pentagon Metro entrance 60 minutes before your scheduled tour to allow time for your group to process through building security. Present a copy of your tour confirmation e-mail and identification for each group member to the Pentagon Police personnel. Once you have cleared security, proceed into the building and turn left to find the Pentagon Tours window, which is located inside the Pentagon Visitor's Center in the visitor waiting area. The check-in for all tours is at the Pentagon Tours window. Your tour may be canceled if your group has not checked in at the Pentagon Tours window prior to your scheduled tour time. Please note that guests will not be allowed back into the visitor's center after the tour. All guests will exit the building following the tour. Please arrive early if you would like to make purchases at the gift shop or take photographs at the replica Press Briefing Room podium.

    Tour Length & Difficulty

    The Pentagon Tour is approximately 60 minutes in duration with a walking distance of about one and a half miles through the Pentagon corridors and staircases. Visitors taking part in a Pentagon tour should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. For any additional information, please call (703) 697-1776.

    Visitors with Disabilities

    Ramp access is available for the physically challenged. Tour visitors in wheelchairs must be accompanied by someone who will assist them. A signer will be added to tours to assist hearing impaired visitors provided that two weeks' notice is given. Special tours for visually impaired visitors can also be arranged with two weeks' notice.

    Language Requirements

    The Pentagon Tour is presented in English. However, translation is permitted for tour groups that bring approved translators with them.

    Recording Devices

    No photographs may be taken. No video cameras, tape recorders, or any other kind of electronic recording device is permitted at any time.

    Security Briefing

    A security briefing is provided prior to the beginning of every tour, and all visitors must pass through a security scanning device similar to those found at airport security checkpoints.

    Tour Registration Process

    Web link to book a Pentagon tour:

    If you need a walk through of the process please see the screen shots below.

    Thank you!

    Robert Kelleman



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