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Brig. Gen. Matthew Glavy (left), and Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Ray Mabus (center), pose with family members and friends of the late Lt. Gen. Frank E. Petersen Jr. during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Nov. 9, 2016. During the ceremony Mabus announced that the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, DDG 121, will be named the USS Frank E. Petersen Jr., in honor of the Marine Corps lieutenant general who was the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and Marine Corps general officer. Petersen was the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and general officer. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1988 after 38 years of service. Glavy is the commanding general of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Jason Jimenez/ Released)

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