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May122014

Brown For US Senate - ICYMI: New Hampshire Union Leader: "About to retire, Scott Brown reflects on military career"

 

MANCHESTER - Scott Brown has many memories from his 35 years in the National Guard as he prepares for his retirement ceremony at the Pentagon on Tuesday, including his experience as an embedded U.S. senator dining with soldiers in Afghanistan.
 

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At one point during the two-week training stint at a military base near Kandahar, Brown skipped the officers' dining area, got into the chow line and joined a group of enlisted men. 

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Brown recalls making some small talk, then asking the soldiers if they ever have the opportunity to talk to the VIPs and politicians who visit from Washington.

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When Brown said he might be able to help, the soldiers replied, "No disrespect sir, but you are just a lieutenant colonel." To their disbelief, he revealed himself as a U.S. senator and had to show his ID to prove it, winning a bet that got his breakfast delivered the next day.

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Brown, who was promoted to colonel in 2012, will be surrounded by family and friends as Gen. Frank J. Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presides over the retirement ceremony. Brown will receive the Legion of Merit medal.
 

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Brown says he was drawn to National Guard duty after the Blizzard of '78, when he witnessed their efforts to save stranded motorists and restore normalcy in the days that followed the deadly storm.
 

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Over the years, he obtained his law degree, advanced through the ranks, and for the past 15 years, has served as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps.

Brown talks about the "special unwritten bond" among servicemen and women. Unless you've been there, it's hard to understand, he said.

 

"The thing that's kept me in (the National Guard) for the past 35 years has been the camaraderie and the people," he said. 

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