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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)

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1st. Lt. Raziel Amar (top), a chaplain with the New York Army National Guard, salutes during the singing of the National Anthem during Monday's dedication of the Jewish Chaplains Memorial (above) at Arlington National Cemetery. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Members of the 192nd Engineer Battalion of Army National Guard from Stratford, Conn., clear debris from beach front property in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene in East Haven, Conn., Monday, Aug. 29, 2011. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS President Obama acknowledges the crowd gathered inside the Muniz Air National Guard Base hangar shortly after his arrival in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Tuesday. His visit marked the first one by a sitting president since John F. Kennedy in 1961. The Puerto Rican flag provided half the backdrop for the podium.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS First lady Michelle Obama waves to relatives of Capt. Kelly Smith of the California Air National Guard, during a panel discussion in California on Monday. The Joining Forces event discussed the stories and issues of military families so their experiences can be integrated into film, television and digital media.

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ANDREW S. GERACI / THE WASHINGTON TIMES Lt. Col. John Klatt practices an acrobatic maneuver over Manassas, Va. The Air National Guard pilot is part of this weekend's Joint Service Open House and Airshow at Andrews Air Force Base. The Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron and the Army Golden Knights parachute team are among the attractions.

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A university student shouts at national guard soldiers outside the Central University of Venezuela in Caracas. Police and soldiers fired water cannons and plastic bullets in a bid to quell the demonstrations.

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One of the survivors of the plane crash near Dillingham is transferred from a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 to a waiting Anchorage Fire Department Paramedic rig on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2010. Three of the plane crash survivors were transported aboard this flight to Kulis Air National Guard Base in Anchorage. Family spokesman Mitch Rose says Stevens was among the victims of a crash outside Dillingham, Alaska about 325 miles southwest of Anchorage. (AP Photo/The Anchorage Daily News, Bill Roth)

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Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard holds a news conference in Phoenix to announce that he has been informed the Obama administration will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** The D.C. National Guard goes on a helicopter rescue-and-recovery mission in New Orleans on Sept. 11, 2005, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times )