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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)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS GUNG-HO: Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Marine Corps reservist, is pleased that the Pentagon is building up a special task force to thwart deadly IEDs in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Central Command Commander-nominee Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, left, 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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U.S. Central Command Commander-nominee Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis , right, is greeted on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, by Senate Armed Services Committee Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., prior to testifying before the committee's hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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U.S. Central Command Commander-nominee Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, center, smiles on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, prior to testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on his nomination. (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, question Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, center, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July 27, 2010, during the committee's hearing on Mattis' nomination to head the U.S. Central Command. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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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)