The Pentagon is a building in
Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. It has the offices of the U.S.
Department of Defense. The Department of Defense includes the Army, Navy, Air
Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.
The word pentagon comes from the Greek
penta, which means "five." A pentagon is a figure with five sides. The Pentagon has five rings. The rings are inside each
other. Each ring has five sides. How tall do you think the Pentagon is? The
answer is easy. Each ring is five stories tall.
The Pentagon is the largest office
building in the world. It has seventeen miles of halls. People can get lost in
the Pentagon. So the walls on each floor are a different color (brown, green,
red, gray, and blue). This helps people to know where they are. There are also
many maps in the halls!
The Pentagon is so big that it is like
a city. Almost 30,000 people work there. The Pentagon has its own doctors,
dentists, and nurses. It has its own banks and stores. It has a post office, a
fire department, and a police department. It also has an important center for
communications. This center guards the country. It is hundreds of feet under
the ground. The Pentagon even has its own radio and TV stations.