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U.S. Central Command Commander-nominee Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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This undated photo provided by the National Archives via the National World War II Museum shows a Marine Corps dog handler as he comforts his German shepherd while the dog is X-rayed after being shot by a Japanese sniper on Bougainville. The dog died of its injuries. (AP Photo/National Archives via the National World War II Museum)

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** FILE ** Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis arrives at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in San Diego County, Calif. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Retired Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 6, 2007. (Associated Press)

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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)