Republican Senator Scott Brown, who was famously elected to the U.S. Senate in January 2010 to replace the late Edward M. Kennedy, is being sent to Afghanistan.
Brown Will Serve Two Weeks In Afghanistan
According to boston.com:
Sen. Brown will be serving for two weeks in Afghanistan this summer. He asked to fulfill his two-week required annual service in Afghanistan.
Brown’s spokesperson said Brown requested that he serve in Afghanistan. This is not a deployment.
Brown’s office does not have the exact date or region for the service.
“Doing So Will Help Me To Better Understand Our Ongoing Mission”
Brown, a 31-year member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard, who currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, released a statement:
“As a Lieutenant Colonel in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, I have service obligations that I fulfill each 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. 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.”
Over 30 In Guard, But Never Before Served In A War Zone
Brown has been in the Guard since 1979, but he has never served in a war zone. His service this summer will come around the July set by President Obama for beginning to start removing some of the 132,000 US troops stationed in Afghanistan.
The 51-year-old Brown joined the Guard in March 1979, and is today a member of the judge advocate general’s corps, where he works as the military equivalent of a lawyer.
Brown Up For Reelection Next Year
Interestingly, the Republican is up for reelection next year, when he will be seeking his first full six-year term. Could this have anything to do with the timing of his announcement today?
And does serving two weeks help to really understand what the soldiers on active duty are going through, and thus enable Brown to better inform the Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Veteran Affairs committees?
What do you think?
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