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Navy Rear Adm. Matthew Nathan accepts Maj. Walter Reed's sword from Army Maj. Gen. Carla Hawley-Bowland, officially closing the Army hospital in Northwest that has borne his name for 102 years. The sword transfer at Wednesday's ceremony made official the transition. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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A member of the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army's parachuting team, skydives into the campus of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., following a ceremony Wednesday, July 27, 2011 to officially "case the colors" as a transition to medical services at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir. The official close date of Walter Reed is Sept. 15. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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U.S. Army officers salute as they uncase one of the two new Walter Reed Army Medical Center flags that during a ceremony Wednesday, July 27, 2011 to officially mark the transition to medical services at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir. The official close date of Walter Reed is Sept. 15. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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The shadow of SPC Brenton Wallace, U.S. Army, is seen as he salutes a higher ranking officer outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, July 27, 2011. Hundreds of visitors came to Walter Reed Wednesday for a ceremony to officially "case the colors" as a transition to medical services at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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Shawn Forbes, IT1 E6, U.S. Navy, sits inside an Army medical helicopter while the U.S. flag is reflected in the helicopter's nose outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The helicopter and flag were part of a static display for visitors at a ceremony to officially "case the colors" as a transition to medical services at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir. The official close date of Walter Reed is Sept. 15. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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SPC E4 Lazaro Mtunguja, left, and Sgt. Betsy Rodriguez, both U.S. Army, adjust some of the 50 state flags outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center Wednesday, July 27, 2011 before a ceremony to officially "case the colors" as a transition to medical services at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir. Casing the colors involves retiring the flags that have served as symbols of the various medical units. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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SPC E4 Erika Draht, U.S. Army, adjusts one of the 50 state flags outside of Walter Reed Army Medical Center before a ceremony to officially "case the colors" as a transition to medical services at Bethesda Naval Medical Center and Ft. Belvoir. Casing the colors involves retiring the flags that have served as the symbols of the different medical units. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)