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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Pentagon in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The man often called America’s top military officer, the most powerful person in uniform, actually commands nothing. No tanks, no planes, no ships, no troops. His voice carries great weight, but he gives no combat orders. As chairman Dempsey is the public face of the military, but he is not in the formal chain of command linking the president to his commanders in the field. Dempsey, who is completing four years in the job, has said it reminds him of entering the Army as a lowly second lieutenant. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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In this photo taken May 6, 2015, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Obama administration is nearing a decision on how to improve and accelerate training of Iraqi security forces in light of recent setbacks against the Islamic State, including the possibility of new training camps that likely would require a bigger U.S. troop presence, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Dempsey said he has recommended changes to President Barack Obama but he offered no assessment of when decisions would be made. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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President Barack Obama meets with Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, in the Oval Office, Sept. 30, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Outgoing Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey leaves the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2015, after President Barack Obama's announced he would nominate Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as the next Joint Chiefs chairman, succeeding Dempsey. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (left) briefing reporters alongside new Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, said the U.S. military is focusing its assistance more heavily on protecting the strategic city of Baiji than on Ramadi, the capital of Al Anbar province. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, pauses while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on President Obama's use of military force proposal against IS and the Defense Department's budget. (AP Photo/Molly Riley) **FILE**

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, before the House Armed Services Committee hearing on President Obama's use of military force proposal against IS and the Defense Department's budget. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

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Joint Chief Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, before the Senate Foreign Relation Committee. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) ** FILE **

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At a Senate hearing Tuesday, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey asked Congress to end sequestration and boost defense spending by $38 billion next year. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to review the defense authorization request for fiscal 2016 and the future years defense program. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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President Barack Obama walks with Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on the South Lawn of the White House upon returning from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., Aug. 6, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey (right) listens Thursday as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey listens on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014, while testifying before the House Armed Services committee hearing on the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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In this Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 photo, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Speaking to a small group of reporters after meeting with his French counterpart on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 in Paris, Gen. Dempsey said it will take three or four months to begin the $500 million training program, which the House approved on Wednesday and sent to the Senate, where members of both parties predicted easy passage. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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President Barack Obama, flanked by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Joint Chefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, speaks at the Pentagon, Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, to mark the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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FILE - This Aug. 20, 2014 file photo shows Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaking in New York. President Barack Obama's military leadership made clear in recent days that the threat from the Islamic State militants, who murdered American journalist James Foley, cannot be fully eliminated without going after the group in Syria, as well as Iraq."This is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated," said Dempsey. "Can they be defeated without addressing that part of their organization which resides in Syria? The answer is no. That will have to be addressed on both sides of what is essentially at this point a nonexistent border." (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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FILE - This Aug. 20, 2014 file photo shows Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey speaking at Madison Square Garden in New York. During a Pentagon briefing Thursday, Dempsey said it's possible to contain the Islamic State militants, but it can't be done permanently without going after the group in Syria. Speaking to reporters with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Dempsey said he wasn't predicting U.S. airstrikes in Syria, but said the problem must be addressed diplomatically, politically and militarily by America and its regional partners. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, where he recommended shrinking the Army to its smallest size since the buildup to U.S. involvement in World War II in an effort to balance postwar defense needs with budget realities. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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** FILE ** Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, left, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, appear on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at a Senate Armed Services Committee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)