Republican Sen. Scott Brown has transferred out of the Massachusetts Army National Guard to a unit in Maryland, allowing him to work in a major position at the National Guard's Pentagon office.

Brown tells The Boston Globe (http://bo.st/He1vSh) he requested to be moved out of Massachusetts because the focus of news organizations and national Democrats on his Guard record made it untenable to continue serving here. He was promoted to the rank of colonel in November.

Brown, who serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, is now the assistant to Col. Christian Rofrano, the chief counsel of the National Guard Bureau. Brown's new duties require him to work two full days a month and up to two weeks during the summer, a schedule that applies to all Guard members.

Brown has served in the National Guard for 33 years.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe