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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)

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From left, Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft of the Coast Guard, Lt. Gen. Richard Y. Newton III of the Air Force, Vice Adm. Michael Vitale of the Navy, Lt. Gen. Terry G. Robling of the Marine Corps, and Maj. Gen. Karl Horst of the Army throw out first pitches Thursday. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft of the U.S. Coast Guard, left, Lieutenant General Richard Y. Newton III of the U.S. Air Force, Vice Admiral Michael Vitale of the U.S. Navy, Lieutenant General Terry G. Robling of the U.S. Marine Corps, and Major General Karl Horst of the U.S. Army throw out the first pitches before the Washington Nationals Atlanta Braves opening day baseball game at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., Thursday, March 31, 2011. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Gen. James F. Amos, the new commandant of the Marine Corps, fears the impact on unit cohesion and combat effectiveness of repealing "don't ask, don't tell." (Associated Press)

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Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos made it clear that he opposes allowing open homosexuals in the military. (Associated Press)

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US Marines Gen. James F. Amos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination for reappointment to the grade of general and the be Commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Marine Gen. James Amos arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on his nomination for reappointment to the grade of general and as commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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US Marines Gen. James F. Amos testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination for reappointment to the grade of general and the be Commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., left, and the committee's ranking Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, listen as US Marines Gen. James F. Amos, back to camera, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, before the committee's hearing on Amos' reappointment to the grade of general and the be Commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Senate Armed Services Committee member Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., stands next to US Marines Gen. James F. Amos in a waiting room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, prior to the start of the committee's hearing on Amos' reappointment to the grade of general and the be Commandant of the Marine Corps. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)