U.S. Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has been promoted to the rank of full colonel in the National Guard. He received his new rank from his colleague and fellow Republican Senator, Arizona’s John McCain, in a ceremony on Wednesday.
Following the ceremony, Brown called McCain a national hero after he was “pinned” and said that “it’s an honor to have the opportunity to serve.”
Brown has served in the national Guard for 32 years and, according to a report in The Sun Chronicle, joined after he was impressed by the service’s response to a 1978 blizzard in the Bay State. In 2011, Brown went to Afghanistan to perform his annual two weeks of training.
Brown was elected to serve the remainder of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy’s term in 2010, but he is facing a tough fight as he seeks to win a full term in the Senate. His opponent, Harvard University Professor Elizabeth Warren, is running tied with Brown in recent polls of Massachusetts voters.
The Real Clear Politics average of polls currently has Warren leading Brown by a statistically insignificant 0.1 percent.
Image via Mark Stockwell/The Sun Chronicle
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