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Task & Purpose photo by James Clark

At a back room in a plain building in Quantico, Virginia, in wall lockers and cardboard boxes stacked neatly on top are artifacts from past wars. On a table at the rear of the room sits a number of items and personal effects belonging to Marines who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. There’s a bloodstained Kevlar helmet, worn by Lt. Col. Ty Edwards, who survived a headshot in Afghanistan during an ambush in 2008, as well as a woodland blouse and a pair of dog tags belonging to Medal of Honor recipient Jason Dunham. Dunham was killed in Iraq in 2004 after he leapt atop a hand grenade, giving his life to save two other Marines.

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DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

The general, who last year retired his post as commander of U.S. Central Command and finished a remarkable career of military service, is well known for his no-nonsense brand of rhetoric. He’s a tough-talking brilliant military tactician who has few peers in American history.

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