Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), who serves in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, is requesting that his annual training be conducted in Afghanistan this year.
"Following in the tradition of other lawmakers who have completed their military service requirements overseas, this year I have requested to conduct my annual training in Afghanistan," Brown said in a statement Monday. "Doing so will help me to better understand our ongoing mission in that country, and provide me first-hand experience for my duties on the Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs committees."
The Boston Globe notes that Brown, a member of the judge advocate general's corps, has been in the Guard since 1979, but he has never been deployed to a combat zone.