“It was truly an honor and a privilege to serve alongside so many brave servicemen and servicewomen throughout my 35 years in the National Guard.”-Sen. Scott Brown
MANCHESTER, NH- After proudly serving his country for 35 years, Scott Brown will retire as a Colonel in the Army National Guard and be recognized today at a private ceremony where he will be awarded the Legion of Merit.  

“Each and every day, our men and women in uniform and their families devote unwavering service and sacrifice to protect our liberty and freedom—we cannot thank them enough,” said Brown.  “My time in the Guard shaped whoI am as a person—the camaraderie you share with your fellow soldiers is unlike any other experience you can have.   Joining the Army National Guard was one of the best decisions of my life, without it I would not be the man I am today.”
At the age of 19, Scott Brown joined the Army National Guard after being inspired by their emergency response efforts during the historic Blizzard of 1978. He started out as a boot camp recruit and eventually became an officer.  He was branch qualified as an infantry, quartermaster, and Judge Advocate General.

In 2011, Brown performed his annual training in Afghanistan working on contracting, fraud, waste, and abuse issues.  He has also performed duty in Paraguay and Kazakhstan
.  For the past few years, Brown has been performing his duty at the Pentagon and has served as the deputy counsel to the chief counsel for General Frank J. Grass—chief of the National Guard Bureau and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  In 2012, Brown was promoted to the rank of Colonel.
Recently, Colonel Brown and his team rewrote the sexual assault regulations for the National Guard Bureau, which were quickly approved and implemented to address this important issue straining the Armed Forces.
As reported in Sunday’s New Hampshire Union Leader,
 Brown will be honored at ceremony at the Pentagon, “surrounded by family and friends as Gen. Frank J. Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presides over the retirement ceremony. Brown will receive the Legion of Merit medal.”  
Brown will also be awarded the Maryland Distinguished Service Cross.