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An F-35 B Lightning II from VMFA 121 roars off the runway at Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz. on March 1, 2013. (Associated Press/Yuma Sun)

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** FILE ** About 30,000 participants run along the Potomac River near the Lincoln Memorial during the annual 26.2-long Marine Corps Marathon in 2008. (The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Gen. James F. Amos is commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Chesty, an English bulldog and the newest U.S. Marine Corp mascot (U.S. Marine Corps)

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Chesty, an English bulldog and the newest U.S. Marine Corp mascot (U.S. Marine Corps)

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**FILE** The graduation ceremony for the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium is held in Annapolis on May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Female recruits in the Marine Corps and other services will have to prove themselves as capable as men during training, if traditionalists have their way. (Associated Press)

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Female recruits in the Marine Corps and other services will have to prove themselves as capable as men during training, if traditionalists have their way. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels fly over the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Navy Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., on May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Under a new policy, women in the Marine Corps are eligible for combat-related positions, such as scout sniper. The Pentagon formally announced Thursday that the 1994 Combat Exclusion Policy had been rescinded. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo)

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Under a new policy, women in the Marine Corps are eligible for combat-related positions, such as scout sniper. The Pentagon formally announced Thursday that the 1994 Combat Exclusion Policy had been rescinded. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo)

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** FILE ** Under a new policy, women in the Marine Corps are eligible for combat-related positions, such as scout sniper. The Pentagon formally announced Jan. 24 that the 1994 Combat Exclusion Policy had been rescinded. (U.S. Marine Corps)

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Bryson Jones (left) and Eric Alabiso (right), from Marine Corps Base Quantico, sport their teams' colors at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Dec. 30, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

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A protester flashes an anti-Osprey placard at a gate of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, in southwestern Japan, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

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A protester flashes an anti-Osprey placard at a gate of the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma in Ginowan, Okinawa, in southwestern Japan, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

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**FILE** The first F-35B fighter jet attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Yuma, Ariz., on Nov. 16, 2012. (Associated Press/The Yuma Sun, Craig Fry)

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Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, is flanked by From the left, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos (left) and Lt. Col. Jeffrey Scott to inaugurate Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 on Tuesday in Yuma, Ariz. (Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.)

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**FILE** The first F-35B fighter jet attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Yuma, Ariz., on Nov. 16, 2012. (Associated Press/The Yuma Sun, Craig Fry)

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**FILE** The first F-35B fighter jet attached to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 arrives at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Yuma, Ariz., on Nov. 16, 2012. (Associated Press/The Yuma Sun, Craig Fry)

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Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, left, speaks to the fans as Florida head coach Billy Donovan, right, watches while they announce the cancellation of the Navy-Marine Corps Classic NCAA college basketball game due to heavy condensation on the court aboard the USS Bataan at the Mayport Naval Station, Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)