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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney receives a commemorative coin from Maj. Gen. Francis D. Vavala after he addressed the National Guard Association Convention in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney receives a commemorative coin from Maj. Gen. Francis D. Vavala after he addressed the National Guard Association Convention in Reno, Nev., on Sept. 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Stephanie Godman (left) confers with her "Battle Buddy" Sapper candidate and National Guard Staff Sargent Anthony Hughes, as they plan for a mission during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate and Army Captain Stephanie Godman (right) is joined by her "Battle Buddy" Sapper candidate and National Guard Staff Sargent Anthony Hughes as they post up deep in the woods to help form a perimeter during another day of Sapper School training at U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN) and Fort Leonard Wood in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Tuesday, June 26, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Sapper candidate Army Capt. Stephanie Godman takes her turn at lunch as she eats a military Meal Ready to Eat while her "battle buddy" and fellow sapper candidate National Guard Staff Sgt. Anthony Hughes is posted up in a clearing to help form a perimeter to keep watch. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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A North Carolina Air National Guard crew prepares a C-130 cargo plane for wildfire duty on Monday, July 2, 2012, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/North Carolina Air National Guard, Michael Wilber)

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A North Carolina Air National Guard crew prepares a C-130 cargo plane for wildfire duty on Monday, July 2, 2012, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/North Carolina Air National Guard, Michael Wilber)

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** FILE ** In this April 19, 2011, file photo, a member of the National Guard checks on his colleague inside a Border Patrol Skybox near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. An unprecedented surge of children caught trudging through South Texas scrublands or crossing at border ports of entry without their parents has sent government and nonprofit agencies that handle their shelter, legal representation and reunifications scrambling to expand their services. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez, File)

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** FILE ** In this April 19, 2011, file photo, a member of the National Guard checks on his colleague inside a Border Patrol Skybox near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. An unprecedented surge of children caught trudging through South Texas scrublands or crossing at border ports of entry without their parents has sent government and nonprofit agencies that handle their shelter, legal representation and reunifications scrambling to expand their services. (AP Photo/Delcia Lopez, File)

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Sen. Scott P. Brown, Massachusetts Republican, has transferred from his state's National Guard to a unit in Maryland, which allows him to serve in the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

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Mark Grapin, an Army National Guard chief warrant officer (top), makes a personal appeal before the board of zoning appeals to be allowed to keep the treehouse he built for his sons. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Army Nation Guard Chief Warrant Officer Mark Grapin argues his case before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals for permission to keep a treehouse in his family's yard. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Mark Grapin, an Army National Guard chief warrant officer, right, hugs his son Eric, 11, as his mother-in-law Lena Christian, from left, and wife, Brinda, after a hearing before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning and Appeals in support of an ordinance that would allow him to keep a treehouse in his front yard, in Fairfax, Va., on Nov. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Mark Grapin, an Army National Guard chief warrant officer, testifies before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning and Appeals in support of an ordinance that would allow him to keep a treehouse in his front yard, in Fairfax, Va., on Nov. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Mark Grapin, an Army National Guard chief warrant officer, testifies before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning and Appeals in support of an ordinance that would allow him to keep a treehouse in his front yard, in Fairfax, Va., on Nov. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Mark Grapin, an Army National Guard chief warrant officer, at left, sits with his family while waiting for his case to be called before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning and Appeals in support of an ordinance that would allow him to keep a treehouse in his front yard, in Fairfax, Va., on Nov. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Mark Grapin, an Army National Guard chief warrant officer, at right, talks with attorneys Mark Shaffer, from left, and Grayson Hanes, who volunteered their time to help Grapin with testimony before the Fairfax County Board of Zoning and Appeals in support of an ordinance that would allow him to keep a treehouse in his front yard, in Fairfax, Va., on Nov. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Mark Grapin, an Army National Guard chief warrant officer, left, tucks in his son, Eric's, shirt before an interview with the press after winning an appeal to the Fairfax County Board of Zoning and Appeals for an ordinance that allows him to keep a treehouse in his front yard, in Fairfax, Va., on Nov. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/The Washington Times)

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Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Matthew Zimmerman drops the ceremonial first puck Saturday between Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (left) and Islanders defenseman Mark Streit. The Capitals went on to suffer their third loss of the season as turnovers and poor goaltending plagued Washington. (Associated Press)

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Army National Guard Sgt. Danny Sousa (center) and others from the 79th Troop Command work alongside firefighters to clear trees and make roads passable in Barre, Mass., on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)