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Johnathon Rose, of Houston, Texas, gets a push up the hill from Staff Sgt. Jose Garza, left, stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Texas, as they approach the finish of the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Runners, including Sean Kelly and Justin Laddusaw, both of Annapolis, Md., from left wearing penguin costumes, start the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Spectators cheer for runners as they close in on the finish chute during the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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James Armstrong, at left, of Red Bank, N.J., and Miriam Camino-Wolosky, of Alexandria, Va., at right, join Marine Corps race volunteers in cheering on David Swope, of New Windsor, N.Y., as he climbs the final hill of the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Kristy Seitz, of Berwyn Heights, Md., makes her way in to Rosslyn, Va. during the 36th Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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A runner carries a Marine Corps flag as the race breaks in to a spot of sun during the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Kayleigh Dolieslager, of Bristow, Va., from right, and Shelly Kagigebi, of Black River Falls, Wis. near the finish of the 10K race during the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Runners begin the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Sarah Abby, of Charlotte, N.C., keeps a blanket wrapped tightly around her as she makes her way to the start in her first Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Spectators line a hill to watch the start of the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Runners make their way to the start of the the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Todd Bryant, of Springfield, Va., from left, Steve Cribby, of Bowie, Md., and Stanley Cowan, of Washington, D.C., wait inside the Pentagon metro station to "stay warm as long as I can," said Bryant, before running in the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Runners cross the 14th Street Bridge during the 36th Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 30, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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Chad Ware of Wheeling, W.Va., looks up as he crosses the finish line to win the 36th Marine Corps Marathon, with a time of 2:19:16, in Arlington, Va., Sunday, Oct. 30, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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President Obama shakes the hand of former Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, 23, after awarding him the Medal of Honor. The Kentucky resident was in Afghanistan's Kunar province in September 2009 when he killed at least eight Taliban insurgents, rescuing 36 fellow soldiers from an ambush. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John R. Allen speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Thursday, April 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

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Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Quantico, Va. march down Constitution Avenue during the National Memorial Day Parade, in Washington, D.C., Monday, May 30, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright is vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Associated Press)

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Gen. James F. Amos (left), commandant of the Marine Corps, confers with Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff, as they take a break from testifying before the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday about progress toward ending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for gays serving in the military. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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POSITIVE FEEDBACK: Adm. Gary Roughead (left), chief of naval operations, and Gen. James F. Amos, Marine Corps commandant, testify to the House Armed Services Committee about ending the "don't ask, don't tell" policy for homosexuals. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)