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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)

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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)

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Augustus Maiyo of Colorado Springs, Co. crosses the finish line as he wins the Marine Corps Marathon with a time of 2:20:20 in Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.More than 30,000 people participated in the Marine Corps Marathon 2012. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Augustus Maiyo of Colorado Springs, Co. crosses the finish line as he wins the Marine Corps Marathon with a time of 2:20:20 in Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012.More than 30,000 people participated in the Marine Corps Marathon 2012. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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Audience members hold their hands over their hearts while saying the Pledge of Allegiance as the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guard holds the flags during a celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the National Columbus Memorial outside of Union Station in Washington, D.C. on Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 8, 2012. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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associated press MORALE BOOSTER: Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos says the increase in attacks is a sign that the U.S. is defeating the Taliban.

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Gen. James Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, says the increase in attacks is a sign that the U.S. is defeating the Taliban. (Associated Press)

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Henry Rayner (center) of Dudley, N.C., was among about 400 black veterans awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday on Capitol Hill for helping integrate the Marine Corps during World War II. (Associated Press)

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Henry Rayner (center) of Dudley, N.C., was among about 400 black veterans awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on Wednesday on Capitol Hill for helping integrate the Marine Corps during World War II. (Associated Press)

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The U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 tosses their hats in the air as they graduate at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Logan Sullivan, 10, Yuba City, Ca. grabs as many hats as he can following the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 hat toss at the end of their graduation at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Robert Martinaggi, 7, of Severn, Md., puts on a tossed hat following the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 hat toss at the end of their graduation at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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The U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 tosses their hats in the air as they graduate at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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A NSNA Midshipman points towards the bleachers as he receives his Diploma during the Graduation ceremony the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipman Kevin Joseph Hillery, who was paralyzed from the waist down in his junior year by a falling tree, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, third from right, has he takes the stage to receive his diploma during the Graduation ceremony the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Midshipman Edwin Conrad jumps with joy as he receives his diploma during the Graduation ceremony the U.S. Naval Academy's class of 2012 at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)