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Army Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith (right) became the military's first openly gay flag officer when she was promoted to her current rank in an Aug. 10, 2012, ceremony. She received her new decorations from her wife, Tracey Hepner (left). (Servicemembers Defense Legal Network)

Army Brig. Gen. Tammy Smith (right) became the military's first openly gay flag officer when she was promoted to her current rank in an Aug. 10, 2012, ceremony. She received her new decorations from her wife, Tracey Hepner (left). (Servicemembers Defense Legal Network)

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Best combat rifles of all time

A combat rifle is a military service rifle that fires a full-power rifle cartridge, a mainstay of every modern army in the world. See the best combat rifles ever made.