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President Obama (left) and Defense Secretary Robert Gates (center) walk on May 30, 2011, to the Rose Garden at the White House with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey (front to back right), President Obama's nominee for the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Adm. James Winnefeld, nominee for vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs; and Gen. Ray Odierno, the nominee for Army Chief of Staff. (Associated Press)

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