Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.) and her two children said an emotional goodbye to her husband, Capt. Michael Haley, on Thursday in Fort Jackson, S.C., as he departed for training and a year-long mission to Afghanistan.
It will be the first deployment for Capt. Haley, a businessman who joined the National Guard in 2006. He will be in training for a month in Indiana and will not return to South Carolina before his tour begins.
"We are a proud military family who understands the sacrifices any family goes through when a loved one is serving his or her country," Gov. Haley said in a Facebook post. "This is what our men and women in uniform sign up for, and although Michael, like his brothers and sisters, is looking forward to his mission, we will miss him while he's away. Rena, Nalin and I are proud of Michael and will pray for his — and all others' — safe return."
The AP has more details on their public sendoff.