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Members of Battery A, 7th Battalion, 8th Artillery reading newspapers in Bien Hoa, Vietnam, April 29, 1970 (Official U.S. Army photo)

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U.S. Army soldiers and Uganda People's Defense Force soldiers participate in a closing ceremony for operation Atlas Drop 11, an annual joint aerial delivery exercise, in Soroti, Uganda, in April. While putting few U.S. troops at risk, the United States is providing intelligence and training to fight militants across the continent, from Mauritania in the west along the Atlantic Ocean, to Somalia in the east along the Indian Ocean. (Associated Press)

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Chad Ware, of Wheeling, Ill., a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a member of the U.S. Army running team, wins the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in a time of 2:19:16 in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Chad Ware, of Wheeling, Ill., a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and a member of the U.S. Army running team, climbs the final hill to win the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in a time of 2:19:16 in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** In this Tuesday, July 13, 2010, file photo, U.S. Army soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division board a C-17 aircraft at Baghdad International Airport as they begin their journey to the United States. (AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo, File)

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**FILE** A U.S. army soldier transfers a container at Camp Sather, part of the sprawling U.S. military Victory Base Complex that is set to close in Baghdad on Oct. 15, 2011. (Associated Press)

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On Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, a U.S. Army soldier walks past military Humvees that are to be shipped out of Iraq from a staging yard at Camp Sather, part of the sprawling U.S. military's Victory Base Complex in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

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Photographs by Alain Jaramillo for Case Design/Remodeling The exterior of retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Gary Gaal's plain 1970s Colonial-style home (below) was transformed recently by Case Design/Remodeling of Bethesda, which won the materials in a remodeling giveaway.

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U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, the head of the U.S. Africa Command, attends a conference on terrorism in the Sahara in Algiers, Algeria, on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo)

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Adm. Mike Mullen (left), chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stands with (from second from left) U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus; Holly Petraeus (partially hidden), the general's wife; and 2nd Lt. Stephen Petraeus, Gen. and Mrs. Petraeus' son, during an armed forces farewell tribute and retirement ceremony for the general on Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011, at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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RADM Matthew Nathan, U.S. Navy, smiles as he exchanges words with U.S. Army MG Carla Hawley-Bowland while she hands him the Major Walter Reed's Sword during a ceremony Wednesday, July 27, 2011 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The handing over of the sword officially marks the transition from the Washington, D.C., facility to Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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SPC E4 Lazaro Mtunguja, left, and Sgt. Betsy Rodriguez, both U.S. Army, adjust some of the 50 state flags outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center Wednesday, July 27, 2011 before a ceremony to officially "case the colors" as a transition to medical services at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir. Casing the colors involves retiring the flags that have served as symbols of the various medical units. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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SPC E4 Erika Draht, U.S. Army, adjusts one of the 50 state flags outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center before a ceremony to officially "case the colors" as a transition to medical services at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir. Casing the colors involves retiring the flags that have served as the symbols of the different medical units. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Don Francisco (left) and Staff Sgt. Kara Loyal of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps march across Vermont Avenue Northwest as they lead a group of volunteers dressed in Civil War-era clothing and guests to the opening reception of the African American Civil War Museum in Washington on Monday, July 18, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the outgoing commander of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, salutes during a change-of-command ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan, on July 18, 2011. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama acknowledges family members and friends of U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Leroy Arthur Petry of Santa Fe, N.M., during a ceremony at the White House during which Petry was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor in Afghanistan. (Associated Press)

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Brig. Gen. Dean Milner (center), commander of Canadian forces in Afghanistan, and Afghan army Brig. Gen. Ahmad Habibi (right) give the lay of the land to U.S. Army Col. Todd Wood (left) at an observation post on Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province on Tuesday, June 28, 2011. The Canadians will end combat operations in July as troops withdraw from the southern region and transition to a noncombat training role. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Mike Reynaud of Luling, La., fishes inside the Bonnet Carre Spillway, just after U.S. Army Corps of Engineers workers closed the final bays along the Mississippi River (background), 30 miles upriver from New Orleans in Norco, La., on Monday. The gates were opened weeks ago, pouring fresh water into Lake Pontchartrain. (Associated Press)

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From left, Sr. Airman Deborah Vives, USAF, originally from Mexico, U.S. Army Sgt. Kelvin Magana, originally from El Salvador, and U.S. Navy sailor Hanlin Edwin, originally from Micronesia, take their oaths of citizenship on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Twenty people from 12 different countries become naturalized American citizens during the ceremony. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Army Sgt. Kelvin Magana, originally from El Salvador but now living in Manassas, Va.,id lost in thought after becoming a naturalized American citizen on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Twenty people from 12 different countries, including four people serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, became citizens during the ceremony. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)