Sen. Steve Daines is heading overseas this weekend to visit Montana National Guard troops stationed in the Middle East.
"I'm very excited for the opportunity," Daines said. "It's going to be an honor to spend some time with our brave service men and women during the holiday season, and I'm looking forward to the visit.
"We must never forget we're able to live free in America today because of their sacrifices."
Daines is bringing a taste of Montana with him — beef jerky from Hi-Country Beef Jerky in Lincoln.
Besides the jerky run, Daines is also planning to be briefed by government and military officials.