SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR HALEY’S HUSBAND DEPLOYS WITH NATIONAL GUARD

FORT JACKSON, S.C. Washington Times on January 10, 2013, published an AP report on South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and her family bidding a tearful farewell to her husband, Michael, as he departed with a National Guard unit for a month of training and then deployment to Afghanistan. Excerpts below:

Capt. Michael Haley wrapped his arms around his wife and two children, ages 10 and 14, as his unit was given a send-off by several hundred family members, friends and Guard officials at a National Guard site outside Columbia.

The Republican governor issued a statement saying “we are a proud military family who understands the sacrifices any family goes through when a loved one is serving his or her country.”

Mrs. Haley’s spokesman, Rob Godfrey, said the governor’s office is not aware of any other governor’s spouse who is deployed with the uniformed military. A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen, said he could not answer the question of whether any governor’s spouses were deployed military and instead referred calls to each of the separate military service branches.

Capt. Haley’s unit is not scheduled to return to South Carolina before departing on its yearlong mission. It is the third South Carolina Army National Guard group to spend a year working with Afghan farmers to improve farming practices. It is formally known as the 3-49th Agribusiness Development Team and will work in Helmand province.

Capt. Haley joined the guard as an officer in 2006. This will be his first deployment overseas. He has served as a medical service corps officer and a planning officer in the Guard’s Columbia headquarters.

Maj. Gen. Robert E. Livingston Jr., state adjutant general and head of the Guard, said Capt. Haley’s unit has trained for months to better understand the rudimentary nature of Afghan agriculture.

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