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Scott Brown to conduct National Guard training in Afghanistan

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass. talks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 14, 2010, prior to a news conference to discuss his recent trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)
AP Photo/Harry Hamburg
Scott Brown
AP Photo/Harry Hamburg

Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts announced today that he will travel to Afghanistan to fulfill his annual National Guard training requirements.

Brown, elected to the Senate in a 2010 special election, is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He said he requested to conduct his training requirements in Afghanistan, following in the tradition of other lawmakers who have completed their military service requirements overseas.

"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," he said in a statement.

Brown, 51, will serve as a Judge Advocate -- the military equivalent of a lawyer. Brownls office does not know the exact date of his deployment, but it will come this summer, according to Boston CBS affiliate WBZ.

Brown has never been deployed in a combat zone, according to the Boston Globe.