Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, and Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson, of Huntingdon, Tenn., signs a memorandum ending the 1994 ban on women serving in combat roles in the military, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, and Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson, of Huntingdon, Tenn., signs a memorandum ending the 1994 ban on women serving in combat roles in the military, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, right, and Army Lt. Col. Tamatha Patterson, of Huntingdon, Tenn., signs a memorandum ending the 1994 ban on women serving in combat roles in the military, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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