U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is heading to Afghanistan for his annual training as a member of the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Brown, who serves as a lieutenant colonel, says he requested to conduct his training overseas in keeping with the tradition of other lawmakers.
The Massachusetts Republican says training in Afghanistan will help him better understand the United States' ongoing mission in that country, and provide him with firsthand experience that will help him as a lawmaker.
Brown serves on the Senate Armed Services, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs committees.
Brown's staff says they don't have specific information on when he plans to leave for Afghanistan and how long his training will last.
Brown serves as an officer in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.